Christmas employment issues

An employer’s guide to Christmas: office parties, religious discrimination and Christmas bonuses

Christmas employment issuesChristmas can throw up a number of issues for employers. With Christmas parties, issues surrounding different religions,  holiday requests and Christmas bonuses to deal with, organisations will need to make sure they are ready for the holiday season.

Office parties are a particularly big issue for HR professionals, with many having to decide how to ensure employees behave appropriately and how to deal with worse-for-wear workers who turn up late the morning after the big event.

Organisations that keep their offices open over the Christmas period may also have a battle on their hands dealing with conflicting holiday requests from employees.

Keep up-to-date with the latest news and advice on issues facing employers during the festive period with our employer’s guide to Christmas…

Christmas parties

Weekly dilemma: work Christmas parties

A guide to ensuring acceptable conduct at office parties and other work-related social events (XpertHR subscription required)

Appearance and behaviour: Statement to employees in advance of a Christmas party or similar work-related event (XpertHR subscription required)

XpertHR surveys: Christmas and New Year working arrangements 2011/12 (XpertHR subscription required)

Religion and belief issues

Should employees who practise faiths other than Christianity be given additional annual leave to enable them to celebrate religious festivals?

Good practice guide on religion and belief – Christmas (XpertHR subscription required)

Christmas bonuses

Weekly dilemma: Christmas bonuses

Is it ever permissible for an employer to withhold bonus payments?

Where an employer has provided employees with a Christmas hamper in previous years is it under any obligation to continue this practice?

Holiday requests

Weekly dilemma: competing holiday requests

Line manager briefing on annual leave (XpertHR subscription required)