Workplace Word: December 2008 - Avoiding Holiday Liability
The holidays should be a cheerful, festive and happy time of year. However, the holidays can provide fertile ground for potential legal liability against employers. Seemingly simple scenarios, such as employees taking time off of work for religious observance, and employers giving end-of-year bonuses and hosting holiday parties, all can have legal consequences. While employers do not need to avoid celebration altogether, preventive planning can go a long way toward avoiding holiday problems.