Podcast: Office Holiday Party Hazards and How to Avoid Them
On this podcast, longtime North Carolina employment attorney Robin Shea joins XpertHR Legal Editor David Weisenfeld to discuss workplace parties and how employers can ensure their annual holiday celebration steers clear of legal risks.
Shea practices with Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete and authors the popular Employment & Labor Insider blog. She addresses a host of key issues when it comes to holiday parties that employers cannot afford to ignore, such as ensuring attendance is voluntary to avoid possible wage-and-hour liability. Shea cites "too much alcohol" as the number one risk because of how often it leads to other problems, including:
- Drunk driving;
- Sexual harassment; and
- Other boorish behavior.