With Christmas right around the corner, employers should be aware of their obligations to their employees. We have compiled a list of issues that employers should keep an eye out for during the silly season.

Alcohol in the workplace

Under the Health & Safety at Work Act 2015, employers are required to eliminate (or if it is not reasonably practicable to eliminate, then to minimise) risks to the health and safety of their employees.  To meet this obligation, employers are required to identify potential hazards, assess their severity and likelihood of occurrence and to then acting accordingly.  The legislation specifically includes alcohol as a potential hazard.