Advice for Employers at Christmas

The Labour Relations Agency is providing some advice for employers on holiday bookings and Christmas parties

As Christmas is fast approaching, by thinking about potential problems now, employers can make it a happy Christmas for everyone and minimise the risk of complaints or industrial tribunal claims.

The Labour Relations Agency (LRA) helpline receives enquiries every Christmas from businesses with questions and problems.

To help you prepare and avoid potential issues, the LRA has compiled some frequently asked questions which their helpline receives each Christmas season.

The questions cover a range of issues, including:

  • managing holiday bookings at Christmas
  • choice of party venues and entertainment for the Christmas party
  • inappropriate staff behaviour
  • harassment, bullying and discrimination
  • staff health and safety on and off work premises
  • best practice with office decorations
  • dealing with post-party absences and disciplinary issues
  • photographs posted on social networking sites of the Christmas party

Download the LRA’s Christmas advice (PDF, 284K).