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Christmas party 101: Do you have to serve alcohol and how do you ensure your employees don't abuse it?

by , 19 November 2013
The end of the year is fast approaching. And, for some companies, this means year-end functions. One of the questions that keep cropping up is whether or not you have to serve alcohol at a company function and how to ensure that employees don't abuse it? Here's what the law says about this...

The law says that everyone who attends your company function must ensure the health and safety of themselves and others at the function, but it's ultimately your responsibility as an employer to provide a safe work function.

But what about serving alcohol at a company function? Do you have to ensure that employees don't abuse it?

Here's what the law says about serving alcohol at a company function

The Practical Guide to Human Resources Management says that it's a good idea to limit your employees' consumption of excessive alcohol at your work function.

The Guide explains that some employers utilise a ticket system, where you give each employee a book of tickets that allows them a certain number of alcoholic beverages and, in addition, they're allowed an unlimited number of none or low-alcohol drinks.

Remember, as part of the duty of care, you must control the availability of alcohol and that it isn't available past the stipulated end-time for the function.

What is duty of care?

Duty of care means you MUST take all reasonably practicable steps to protect the health, safety and welfare of all people at your places of work, including at company approved work functions.

Now that you know what the law says about serving alcohol at a company function and ensuring that employees don't abuse it, make sure you comply.

 

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