Just when employers thought there was an end in sight to their ever-increasing legal responsibilities, those clever lawyers have found a new one.
A judge in Canada recently awarded $200,000 (£90,852) in damages to a woman who crashed her car while driving home drunk from an office party. He found the woman's employer partly responsible for allowing her to drive in an unfit state because the party she attended had taken place during company time.
Law firm Eversheds is now warning that UK employers could be held liable for staff drink-driving. Lawyer Damian Kelly said, "This case may have happened in Canada, but much of the judgement was based on English case law. It is not impossible that we may see similar cases in the UK."
A totem gesture from training co
How busy is your head of totem pole design? If they have a bit of spare capacity they might want to enter Totem Training Events' competition to design a pole.
The native peoples of Canada and the US originally carved totem poles to represent a clan, its kinship system, accomplishments, rights and values.
The totem shown is has four sections of cedar carved with symbols representing the values and aspirations of one of Totem Training Events' clients.
The winner's totem pole will be similarly carved with the company's logo, images symbolising its products and services or whatever captures the spirit of business. The totem will be created at Totem Training Events' stand at Enterprise South in Bournemouth on 9 May.
Sorry the boss is on gardening leave
Guru wants to be managing director of the universe. No, he isn't plotting some dastardly international espionage, but wants to reply to a job advert to run the Catholic newspaper called the Universe.
This is just one of the unusual management titles that readers have sent to Personnel Today since it launched its competition last month.
The most curious we've received is from a Swedish company called Wideyes - it has a senior manager called "company garde