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HR's Holiday Party Guide: How to Avoid Common Legal and Safety Issues for a Positive Workplace Event - On-Demand

HR's Holiday Party Guide: How to Avoid Common Legal and Safety Issues for a Positive Workplace Event - On-Demand

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HR's Holiday Party Guide: How to Avoid Common Legal and Safety Issues for a Positive Workplace Event - On-Demand

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WEBINAR SNAPSHOT: Learn how to keep holiday pay practices compliant under the FLSA and holiday parties free from workplace safety, discrimination, and harassment-related issues.

The holiday season is in full swing. And, while now is generally the most celebratory time of year, it’s also a time when employers could find themselves in a legal mess related to pay, harassment, discrimination, and other legal issues potentially.

For starters, employers should look at how they handle holiday pay for exempt and non-exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  Are you required to pay time-and-a-half? Are you required to give time off? What are your obligations as an employer and best practices you should follow?

Then, there’s the decision as to whether to hold a holiday party. While such a social gathering can be a great morale booster that shows your employees how much your organization values them, undoubtedly, there are always legal pitfalls to consider. For example, your choice of venue and theme is important as far as avoiding religious discrimination lawsuits. What is more, the venue must be ADA- compliant. And, if you’re planning on holding a party outside of normal work hours, FLSA issues come into play. 

And, there are risks of lawsuits that come from drinking and merriment that often is part-and-parcel of the workplace holiday party. There are certain precautions employers can take to prevent incidents of sexual harassment or injury and also limit liability should an incident occur. 

Use this in-depth webinar on-demand for legal perspective on pay, harassment, discrimination, and other issues related to holiday parties. Our presenter, a skilled labor and employment attorney, will guide your decision-making with practical tips on the legal risks to avoid to make the holidays a happy—and legally-compliant—time of year.

You’ll learn:

  • FLSA requirements around holiday pay
  • What the requirements are around paid time off for religious and federal holidays, and legal issues that may arise
  • Employee handbook rules to stress to the workforce prior any holiday or other work-related social gathering 
  • How to throw an inclusive party that doesn’t violate religious discrimination laws, ignore religious or medical dietary needs, or fail to provide access to accommodate guests with disabilities
  • Whether to hold a holiday party and how to determine what type of party it will be: 
    • On-site during work hours?
    • Off-site at another venue?
    • Will alcohol be served?  
  • How to reduce the risk of sexual harassment and stop behavior that veers over the line
  • Employer’s responsibility to assist an inebriated guest in getting home
  • And much more!

About Your Presenter

Kasia Nowak

Kasia Nowak, Esq.
Senior Associate
Fisher Phillips, San Francisco

Kasia Nowak is a senior associate in the San Francisco office of Fisher Phillips. Her practice involves employment-related litigation, including defending employers against claims of discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, and other torts. She has represented public companies, private companies and individuals in a wide variety of employment matters, in both state and federal courts, and before various state and federal agencies. She has appellate experience, including handling cases before the California Court of Appeal, the California Supreme Court, and the 4th Circuit. Ms. Nowak also advises employers on all aspects of the employment process, including hiring, developing employment policies and handbooks, and handling employee discipline and termination matters. In addition, she routinely provides sexual harassment and management training, as well as employee training. Ms. Nowak has been selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers – Rising Stars since 2013 and was listed as a Top Woman Attorney in Northern California in 2015.

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