XpertHR is conducting a survey on Christmas in the workplace, and would like to invite you to take part. The survey looks at Christmas resourcing arrangements, plans and budgets for Christmas celebrations, and how employers seek to ensure good conduct at festive events.
The headlines are being dominated by "gig economy" employment status cases, but there are plenty of other important employment law cases coming up. We discuss the potential implications for employers of forthcoming rulings on whistleblowing, data protection, restrictive covenants, covert CCTV and violence at work-related social events.
Updated to include information on Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Ltd, a High Court decision on vicarious liability for a managing director's "brutal assault" of an employee.
XpertHR's latest research on Christmas and New Year working arrangements finds that employers will spend an average of £27,000 on celebrations during the 2016/2017 holiday period.
On this week's XpertHR weekly, we consider disciplinary issues around conduct and attendance arising from work-related social events.
This case serves as a reminder to employers of the risks that can accompany Christmas parties, although the company in this case navigated the issues admirably.
A dismissal for fighting at a Christmas party involving individuals who attempt to play down the seriousness of the incident can be fair, as this case shows.
Updated to include information on MBNA Ltd v Jones, an EAT decision on different sanctions for similar workplace party misconduct.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to behaviour at work-related events.