Business Insurance And Risk Management Tips

As we close the year out many businesses will be hosting company parties. Business owners, executives and human resources personnel need to make sure to avoid some key risks to ensure their day of merriment doesn’t turn into disaster. While your business insurance would most likely response to claims, we have several tips to help reduce the likelihood of litigation. It is worth noting that employers are responsible for the conduct of their employees at all work-related events.

Holiday Party Safety Tips

  • Limit use of alcohol, Additionally, alcoholic options can be limited to wine and beer, and the company should be sure to provide plenty of nonalcoholic beverage alternatives.
  • Hire professional servers and make sure they have insurance.
  • Make sure you have food at your party.
  • Make sure your employees understand that a holiday party is still a work-related activity and appropriate work behavior is still required.
  • No mistletoe! This holiday symbol is an invitation for employees to engage in behavior which is inappropriate for the workplace.
  • Make the party optional.
  • Arrange for cab rides or transportation home for guests who may need it.
  • Encourager managers to set a good example.
  • Remind employees via email about your company's code of conduct and substance abuse policy prior to the party.
  • Remind and reinforce the company's harassment policies prior to the party.
  • If you have employees bring food, be sure the food is labeled by type. Some people may have food allergies.

When business owners host a holiday party and serve alcohol as part of the festivities, liquor liability can be covered by their commercial general liability (CGL) policy. However, it is always best to check with your insurance agent or broker first. Business owners should talk with their insurance agent about their liability insurance coverage and any exclusions, conditions, or limitations to their policies for this kind of risk.

Source for some of this information provided by the National Underwriter and PC 360.com

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