“What tips do you have for hosting an end-of-year company holiday party?”


A holiday party can be a great way to celebrate the year with employees, but it can come with risks. We recommend the following best practices:

  • Unless you intend to pay employees for their time at the event, make attendance optional. Employees should not feel pressured in any way to attend.
  • Avoid conducting any work-related activities at the event, such as award presentations or company updates. To further support the non-work nature of the event, hold it outside of work hours and, if funding and practical considerations allow, off-site with the opportunity for employees to bring a guest.

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    This Q&A does not constitute legal advice and does not address state or local law.