In the workplace, employees and employers often get together to celebrate special events. If the drinks include alcohol, the potential for unfortunate consequences greatly increases. If alcohol is used improperly, it may expose employers to liability under tort, workers' compensation or other laws.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA), each year employers loset more than $9 billion as a result of accidents by employees who are under the influence of alcohol. Employers should check the Liquor liability laws in their state.
Many employers are cutting back on holiday parties this year as a cost-saving measure. The U.S. Department of Labor offers a series of tips for workplace celebrations to reduce the risk for employers. These guidelines include extending the workplace substance abuse policy under any work-related situations.
There is also good news for employers. They can protect their businesses by educating employees about the harmful effects of impaired driving. By doing so, employers do more than just safeguard their business assets—they contribute to the nationwide campaign to eliminate and reduce a preventable crime and play an important part in making their communities safer for their friends and families and those of their employees.