Employer risk after holiday party ends
Employers are hosting in-person holiday parties again after a one-year break. These parties benefit employers by boosting employee morale, strengthening ties between employees, and reinforcing the employer-employee bond, critical in today’s tight labor market. Alcohol is often served.
It is partly because the employer benefits from holiday parties and the drinking of alcohol at those parties that employers may be liable if an employee’s alcohol consumption at the event later contributes to an accident that injures a third party. An employer may be liable even if the accident occurs after the employee arrives home safely and later, while still intoxicated, drives another employee home.
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