Employee injuries at Christmas Parties

As an employer are you liable to pay first week ACC if your employee injures themselves at the work Christmas Party?

Short answer, no. If an injury has taken place at a work party or event ACC would class this as a social event meeting. Therefore, it wouldn’t fall into the work-place accident category.

However, it is important to keep in mind that company health and safety policies extends to any social event organized by the company. Even if that’s offsite and outside of normal working hours.

Work Christmas parties are a kiwi tradition, and with a little planning you can ensure it is a fun and safe event for all! 
Here are some quick tips to help this holiday season:

1. Transport

Plan transport in advance for anyone who will be drinking. This minimizes the risk of anyone having too many and getting behind the wheel.

2. Do something fun!

Having some games, or an activity is not only great for team building but it also provides something fun to do.

3. Food and Drinks

Ensure there are plenty of non-alcoholic beverages and food available, especially when alcohol is being served.

4. Communicate expectations.

It’s a great idea to advise your employees that even though they aren’t at work they still need to conduct themselves appropriately at these events.

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