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TIPS FOR SAFE AND SOBER WORKPLACE PARTIES
As the season for workplace holiday parties comes into full swing, we offer the following information from the U.S. Department of Labor.
During the holiday season, employers and workers
frequently get together to unwind and celebrate. Typically,
workplace parties involve plenty of food and drinks. If the
drinks include alcohol, however, there is potential for unfortunate
Whether alcohol is permitted at workplace parties
or other company-sponsored events is an individual decision for each
company to make. If alcohol is present, it is advisable to take
precautions to help prevent workers or guests from becoming intoxicated
and to discourage impaired driving. A memo from a responsible
official on the subject which reminds employees that they are not to
drive while impaired is recommended.
Opinions vary regarding the appropriateness of making alcoholic beverages
available at workplace parties or other company-sponsored events.
Ignoring the possibility that some employees or guests may drive home
"under the influence" invites trouble. While the holidays serve
to remind us about the dangers of impaired driving, employers have a
vested interest in keeping employees safe at all times. After
all, accidents and injuries to employees, whether on or off the job,
impact businesses through increased absenteeism and the use of health
benefits. Also, improper use of alcohol may expose employers
to liability under tort, workers' compensation
or other laws. For example, an employer may be held liable if a person
consumes alcoholic beverages at a company-sponsored party and
subsequently causes a crash. So encouraging safety before, after
and especially, during work makes good business sense.
2009 IRS Mileage Rate
On January 1, 2009, the Internal Revenue Service
(IRS) standard mileage deduction for business use of a motor vehicle
will go down to 55 cents per mile. Recall that on July 1, 2008
the deduction was increased to 58.5 cents per mile for the remainder of
For more information, call us today at (818) 508-3700,
or visit us on the web, at www.brgslaw.com.
Sincerely,Richard S. RosenbergPartnerBRG&S, LLP
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