Will Your Holiday Party End up in an Employee Lawsuit? HR.BLR.com Offers Tips for Avoiding Problems

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HR.BLR.com, the HR web site has produced a free white paper loaded with tips for avoiding problems at employer sponsored holiday parties.

One of the decisions many organizations face this time of year is whether to host a holiday party for employees. If the decision is made to hold a party, HR managers need to make sure that it is worth the effort and not a problem source. HR.BLR.com, State HR Answers and Tools, has just published a white paper that can help with both issues.

A recent poll at the Business & Legal Reports Inc. (BLR) website found that a clear majority (70 percent) of HR managers say their organizations usually host a holiday party. And according to the HR managers, their parties are for the most part “not bad” or “excellent”. Only 19 percent either say their party is boring or embarrassing.

Asked, “How would you rate your company's holiday party?” visitors to HR.BLR.com answered as follows:

Not bad - 33%

What holiday party? - 30%

Excellent - 19%

A snooze fest - 14%

A showcase of embarrassing behavior - 5%

548 HR managers voted in this November poll.

How to Avoid Problems, with Alcohol at the Top of the List

HR.BLR.com’s editors recently posted a White Paper describing how to avoid the major problems that can occur at holiday parties. It gives advice on how to control alcohol-related problems - slips and falls, unwanted sexual advances, automobile accidents, and aggressive behavior. There is also a discussion of drink tickets, whether to include guests, whether to hold the event on or off premises, and how to use party “chaperones”. Another unusual idea is a “party disclosure/waiver”, which both educates employees on their personal responsibilities and helps employers reduce liabilities.

The White Paper, ordinarily restricted to HR.BLR.com’s paid subscribers, is available at no charge, no registration required, as BLR’s holiday gift to the HR community. Simply go to http://hr.blr.com/display.cfm?id=16817&source=PRS&effort=66 to read the White Paper.

HR.BLR.com provides compliance analysis on state employment laws to help HR managers, along with thousands of tools such as job descriptions.

About BLR

Old Saybrook, Conn.-based BLR produces plain-English compliance and training resources for HR, compensation, safety, and environmental managers. For more information and a free catalog, call 800-727-5257 or visit http://www.BLR.com.

Contact:

HR.BLR.com Managing Web Editor

Chris Kilbourne

860 510-0100x2290

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