Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween from the Fun Police

Happy Halloween! This time of year is filled with pumpkin carving, candy, and costumes. Occasionally these traditions come to the office in the form of an office Halloween party. You'll often see the standard witches and ghosts... wait, who are those people in suits in the corner, what are they supposed to be? That's no costume, that's the fun police (aka employment lawyers).

In the National Law Journal, lawyers warn Please don't come as Letterman to the office Halloween party.

"[Fisher & Phillips' Steve] Miller advised employers to ban anything that is sexually provocative, carries a political or social message, or is simply inappropriate for interacting with colleagues and clientele. And don't be afraid to punish the employee who goes too far."
Sounds like a bit of a downer. Then again, sounds like common sense and a pretty solid suggestion too.

In defense of employment lawyers, we don't hate fun we just advise against it.

Image courtesy of PublicDomainPictures.Net: Petr Kratochvil - Jack O Lantern