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Managing Employee Misconduct Over The Festive Season

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By Nikita Barsby, Special Counsel, Lauren Wright, Lawyer and Miette Xamon, Law Clerk

Business codes of conduct apply equally during work Christmas parties and social occasions

Misconduct in the workplace can take many forms and can range in severity from poor behaviour or attitude, to theft, assault or health and safety breaches. Dealing with misconduct and making decisions to take disciplinary action or terminate an employee’s employment can be difficult at the best of times, let alone in the busy lead-up to Christmas. Read More

Christmas Gifts In The Workplace

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By Madeleine Brown, Associate and Miette Xamon, Law Clerk 

As we approach Christmas, end of year gifts and bonuses in the workplace become a common occurrence.

Festive bonuses can boost morale and are a great opportunity to show appreciation to your valued staff. However, when mismanaged, they can create issues for employers, so here are a few tips to ensure that Christmas gift-giving, bonuses and incentives strike the right balance.

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The Infamous Office Christmas Party: How to Celebrate the Silly Season Safely

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By Renae Harg, Senior Associate, Lauren Wright, Lawyer and Miette Xamon, Law Clerk

The end of year office Christmas party may be the highlight of the office year with the free-flowing bubbly and the cheese board, unwinding while celebrating achievements and getting into the festive spirit. But it can also be a silly season minefield of risk, and employers have been held vicariously liable for their employees’ inappropriate conduct. The aftermath can be complaints sexual harassment, violence, offensiveness, unfair dismissals, and alcohol related traffic offences or accidents.

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