Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Christmas party woes don't need to be a nightmare

Staff Christmas parties can be an employer’s nightmare – but not if experts from a Midlands law firm have their way.

The team from Martin-Kaye Solicitors, in Wolverhampton and Telford, is urging local employers to sign up to an interactive seminar that could help them avoid the dreaded personnel hangover this year.

John Mehtam, who leads the team, said: “Christmas parties are well-known for causing a festive headache – and not just for any staff who have one too many to drink either.

“Statistics show that staff parties at this time of year can be a minefield – half of all parties end with work colleagues fighting; one in three parties brings allegations of sexual harassment; and one in five parties ends with an accident involving employees.

"And although traditionally parties take place away from the office and out of hours, as an employer you could well be held liable, particularly if alcohol has been provided.”

But John and his team are hosting a presentation on Thursday, December 3, at the Ramada Hotel, in Wolverhampton, at 6pm, which they believe is the perfect antidote to party-time stress.

“Our Christmas HR Sins presentation is designed specifically for employers and we’ll be sharing our expertise on the pitfalls you may face and, more importantly, the ways you can avoid them. We’d be very pleased to welcome employers from all over the region to our event, but anyone interested in attending will need to register in advance.

“It’s clear that employers really do need to be sensitive when it comes to handling the fallout from any staff Christmas party – in fact, three out of four bosses have admitted an employee has threatened to take them to an employment tribunal following bad behaviour at a festive gathering.

“And with almost two thirds of employees admitting to a one-night wonder that made the atmosphere at work awkward afterwards, it’s a situation that employers will find very difficult to ignore.”

To register for the event, email junenoto@martinkaye.co.uk or call 01952 525951