Do You Hear What I Hear? Holiday Party Litigation

Law360, New York (December 1, 2010, 10:16 AM EST) -- Can you hear it? No, it’s not the sound of reindeer on the roof — it’s the sound of litigation approaching. Now that holiday season is upon us, companies everywhere are planning their holiday parties and get-togethers. These kinds of events are great for morale and employee team-building, but they can potentially result in some serious liability.

Generally, an employer may face liability for employee negligence and misconduct whenever the employee is acting “within the course and scope of employment.” Company-sponsored recreation is generally “within the...
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