For many of us the season to be jolly and have fun is upon us once again, and the office parties are starting to get into full swing. We were reminded recently in the recent High Court case of Bellman v Northampton Recruitment that an employer can be held vicariously liable for the antics and misdemeanours of its staff at work place celebrations. But the ruling in Bellman did confine the liability to the specific event or activity, and not to the ‘after party’.
Seriously though, this did involve a fight between a manager and his colleague with the former sustaining a serious head injury. While not wishing to bah-humbug any party build up it is important that employers set out, in advance, their expected decorum during celebrations – a ‘have a good night and get home safe’ kind of message.
Have a safe and happy Christmas!