Amidst the celebrations, employers must be mindful of risks associated with seemingly harmless workplace parties.
Unless you’re based in Victoria, the ‘race that stops the nation’ will naturally also stop many workplaces.
Indeed, the Melbourne Cup is traditionally a time of year when workplaces around the country let their hair down, according to employment lawyer from Employsure Law, Laura Willis.
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Workplace celebrations are all fun and games until someone makes a claim.
We’re a nation that loves a good competition and Melbourne Cup is up there as one of our most beloved. Events such as Melbourne Cup are a great opportunity to encourage team spirit within the workplace, reward staff with the afternoon off, and offer a break from the usual workload. Melbourne Cup in particular is a time of the year when workplaces around the country tend to let their hair down. But amidst the celebrations, its important employers remember the risks associated with seemingly harmless workplace parties. Employers and companies are still liable for accidents, poorly phrased comments and employee behaviour during business hours and in the workplace. It’s important to find a balance between providing a good time for staff, and keeping things respectable; or face the possibility of a workplace claim in the following days.
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