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Elizabeth Johnston – Minimize Risks Related to Holiday Party Gatherings

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Show Topic:
It’s work party time. As we enter the fourth quarter of the calendar year many HR departments are likely discussing end of the year or holiday parties.

You know, that time of year where we kick off our shoes, drink a glass of eggnog and try to prepare for the arrival of the new year.

Whether you are excited to join your colleagues in holiday festivities or are dreading wearing your happy face and ugly sweater there are some things that all Human Resources professionals should be mindful of when the put their party-planning hat on.

In this episode of HR Power Hour, join host Tawny Alvarez as she talks to Attorney Elizabeth Johnston of Verrill about how to minimize risks related to holiday party gatherings.

It may seem like you can’t have fun and let your hair down without asking for an employment claim, but there are a multitude of steps and precautions that can be taken to minimize allegations of claims of violation of wage and hour laws, harassment, discrimination, and workers’ compensation injuries following a festive event.

About The Guest:

Liz applies her passion for problem-solving and her strong background in legal research to assist clients in navigating the ever-changing employment law landscape.

A regular contributor to Verrill’s Taking Care of HR Business blog, Liz handles a variety of employment matters including working with businesses of all sizes to ensure that their policies are in compliance with the latest legal updates and are working effectively for the organization in practice. Liz also advocates for clients facing claims before state and federal courts, the Maine Human Rights Commission, and the Maine Workers’ Compensation Board.

During law school, Liz served as a Bernstein Fellow at the Maine District Court and a judicial extern to the Honorable Kermit Lipez of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. After law school, Liz clerked for the Honorable Andrew M. Mead of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, where she gained invaluable insight into the litigation process from a judicial perspective.

Liz lives in South Portland with her husband. When she’s not at the office, Liz enjoys experimenting with new recipes, running, and exploring Maine’s hiking trails and beaches.