The holiday season is a great time to reward your employees for a year of hard work and dedication. Whether you are hosting a smaller celebration during working hours, or planning something larger in an off-site location, it is important to take certain precautions to minimize risk. Since holiday parties usually include alcohol, you are responsible for your employees and guests during and after the party.

At the end of the party

One of the biggest risks around holiday parties is when the party ends. When the attendees leave the party, you have a responsibility to make sure they get home safely. Winter weather and the potential for intoxicated drivers is a bad combination of risks. If anyone is injured or is involved in an accident that injures a third party or causes damage to property, you could be liable for the damages.

Commercial general liability insurance

If you have business insurance, your commercial general liability coverage may cover your employees, their guests and any third parties in the event of an accident. Be sure to double check your policy or speak with your agent prior to the party, so you are aware of what coverages you have.

Preventing risks

Of course the best way to deal with these types of risks is preventing them all together. Follow these 5 tips to ensure your employees and their guests are safe.

  1. Set a limit of alcohol per person, by either purchasing an appropriate amount, or by limiting the amount on the bar tab.
  2. Provide non-alcoholic beverages.
  3. Make sure you have a list of important employee information, including food allergies and emergency contacts.
  4. Make sure all walk ways and exits are clear of snow and ice.
  5. Pre-arranging for taxi rides and handing out taxi chits for all attendees is a great way to guarantee everyone can enjoy themselves and get home safely!

Be safe and have fun!

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