Offices around the country are gearing up for their Christmas parties and the annual antics that come with them. Whether it is drunken behaviour, office romances or mischief with the photocopier there is usual some gossip after the fun has ended. But what should employers do when a punch is thrown?
Gateley warns employers of the risks of disciplining staff when Christmas parties escalate into violence. One instance of office ‘banter’ ended in tears after a fight started and a member of staff was punched in the face. The man was eventually fired for his attack while his colleague was only given a warning despite sending threatening messages to his attacker throughout the night. The Employment Tribunal upheld the company’s decision, as each case of misconduct was different. Click here for more information.
Meanwhile, Stewarts Law looks at the dismissal of Goldberg Segalla partner Clive O’Connell after a football-fuelled rant was filmed and put online. The interview, in which O’Connell called Liverpool fans “scum”, went viral and he was expelled from the firm for serious misconduct. Click here for more information.
Shoosmiths examines the US phenomenon of Black Friday. The tradition sees retailers offer their goods at massively reduced prices after Thanksgiving. However, this can lead to reduced sales in the following weeks, with retailers losing out. The best idea might be to not cut prices at all and benefit from consumers spending more as they get swept up in the Black Friday mayhem. Click here for more information.
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