Updated to include information on the Court of Appeal decision in Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Ltd on vicarious liability for a managing director's "brutal assault" of an employee.
XpertHR research looks at employers' arrangements for work, rest and celebrations over the Christmas period.
A recruitment agency has been held vicariously liable for the actions of its managing director after he punched someone and caused them brain damage at a Christmas party.
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.
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.
Practical guidance on ensuring acceptable behaviour at office parties and other work-related social events, such as the Christmas party, including vicarious liability and reasonable steps to prevent harassment by colleagues and third parties.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to behaviour at work-related events.