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‘Tis the season to be jolly … but careful with parties, gifts, bonuses

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by Amy G. McAndrew, Pepper Hamilton LLP, Berwyn

It’s that time of year again—time to spread a little holiday cheer … and think about the potential legal consequences of doing so.

During the holidays, most employers look for special ways to thank their employees and celebrate the hard work they have put in over the past year.

As you do so, here are some tips on how to make sure that your holiday season stays merry and bright.

Check policies on parties

Holiday parties are notorious for ­having that one employee—or two, or three—who drinks too much and says or does something he’s sure to regret later. Unfortunately, he who overindulges can land himself and his employer in court.

Before your holiday party, take a moment to remind employees that company policies and procedures will apply even in this social setting. Among the most important policies to emphasize are your anti-harassment policy and your policy regarding alcohol us...(register to read more)

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