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Use these tips to help limit the risks you face during your holiday party.

With the holiday season in full swing, you may find yourself planning your annual holiday party. Company holiday parties are a great way to show your employees that you appreciate the work that they have put in during the year. Before sending out your invitations, it is important to fully understand your holiday party liability risks.

If you are serving alcohol at your holiday party, you take on the responsibility for your employees’ consumption. To help limit your alcohol liability, keep these tips in mind.

  • Hire a pro – professional bartenders are trained to recognize the signs of intoxication and can help to slow down your guests’ intoxication.
  • Serve food – having a belly full of food will help to prevent your employees from getting too drunk.
  • Provide drink tickets – give each of your employees a specific number of drink tickets for an open bar. Once they run out of tickets, give them the option to buy their own drinks. Many people will stop drinking or only have a couple more drinks if they have to pay for them on their own.

Just because holiday parties are not part of the day-to-day of your company, they are still a work event, which means sexual harassment is still a threat. Keep these tips in mind to limit your sexual harassment risks.

  • Remind employees of your policies – before the party, send around an email reminding everyone about your current sexual harassment policies.
  • Invite families – making the holiday party into a family event will help everyone be on their best behavior.
  • Have a dress code – suggesting a dress code that keeps the even professional will help to cut down on clothing items that may lead to issues.

For more tips on hosting your holiday party, contact HR Solutions & Brokerage in Lakewood, Colorado.

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