Show & Tell: What employers should know before holiday party

Jonathan Ash is a partner at Fox Rothschild’s Princeton office and member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Department.

We asked him about what employers need to know before their holiday party.

In the #MeToo era, employers have legitimate concerns about employee behavior at holiday parties, particularly if those parties are out of the office and include alcohol. The key to addressing those concerns is having comprehensive harassment policies in place. The company can use the holiday party as an opportunity to reiterate those policies to remind employees of the company’s expectations. It may also be a good idea to specifically remind managers and supervisors that they should be setting an example with their own behavior.”