Time to celebrate but never forget – legal risks are still in place
End of year work function is a great time for your team and business to celebrate success and achievements of the last 12 months.
In the midst of a jolly season, it's worth remembering though: Your function needs to run as a ‘work’ function without breaching your workplace health and safety obligations, your Human Resources policies and other legal obligations that your business must comply with.
Minimise the Risks
As a business, you should take steps to minimise the risks at your end of year function. Make sure you:
- educate your employees about the expected standards of behaviour
- ensure you have key steps in place to prevent undesirable issues emerging during the function, or if they do, to properly manage them to avoid claims and litigation and starting your New Year off with the wrong kind of bang.
If employees become intoxicated at your end of year function or engage in inappropriate or unruly behaviour, your business should have a plan in place to deal with that.
Remember: as the employer, your business can be held vicariously liable for the conduct, or rather misconduct, of your employees even at your off site and outside of normal business hours end of year work function.
It is a good risk management practice to remind your employees of their obligations and, at the same time, still encourage them to celebrate their successes for the year and have a good time. This is a balancing act for everyone attending.
Steps to Prepare Your Business for End of Year Work Function
Before end of year functions
- Make sure your business has the necessary Human Resources policies in place to address issues that may occur at end of year functions such as a Code of Conduct, ...