Barnsley solicitor’s warning over office parties

15 December 2015

Charlotte Thubron of Raleys Solicitors. This photo was supplied by Capital B Media, a public relations and media training agency based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. For more information, please visit A Barnsley solicitor is warning workers not to get carried away as we enter the office Christmas party season.

The warning comes from employment expert Charlotte Thubron of Raleys Solicitors who says bad behaviour at parties can result in legal claims.

She said: “The office Christmas party is great opportunity to bring everyone together, celebrate the year and have a good time. I don’t want to sound like the Grinch, but we mustn’t forget that the office party is one where the rules of office behaviour continue to apply.

“The party atmosphere does not provide a blanket protection for staff. Inappropriate behaviour, like fighting, insulting comments, or sexual harassment, can spoil the party for some, and result in costly claims for others.”

Charlotte said managers need to make sure staff know what behaviour is acceptable and what isn’t. However, they too have to watch their behaviour, by, for example, not talking about promotion or salaries at a party.

It should also be made clear that attending the office party is not compulsory and no one will be discriminated against for not going.

“Most of it is common sense,” said Charlotte. “Parties are great for staff morale and often an important date in the works’ calendar, but they can be a minefield too; so need to be well organised.”

Raleys Solicitors has been in Barnsley for more than 100 years and offers advice on all employment related matters.

Notes to editor

Attached photograph shows Charlotte Thubron.

Raleys Solicitors are based in Regent Street in the centre of Barnsley. The firm, which was set up in 1883, offers advice in personal injury, work-related disease, medical negligence, accidents at work, criminal injury claims, employment law, conveyancing, wills, trust and probate, and court of protection.

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