Q. We've traditionally sponsored a holiday cruise for our Virginia employees (mainly executives and directors). But the cost will be prohibitive if we include our newest employees, who are spread across three neighboring states. Can we sponsor different events for staff in each geographical area? —W.S., Virginia
A. We know of no law or regulation that requires companies to sponsor social events or that dictates how they must be conducted. Your question is a question, not a legal one.
Consider the impact on employee morale if employees in close geographic proximity learn about other—possibly fancier—events in neighboring states for the same company.