Holiday Party Safety Tips

Office holiday parties can be fun but they can also turn into humiliation or even tragedy when the proper precautions aren’t taken. Before walking into your office party this season, make sure you consider the following tips:

As an Employee Guest:

• NEVER drink and drive: If you know your office party will be serving alcohol or even has an open bar, get a designated driver. If you can’t find one, get a cab.

• Don’t drink too much: yes, free alcohol at holiday office parties is a good time but getting too drunk in front of the boss is not. Save yourself from the humiliation on Monday and know your limits.

• Make sure to eat at the party: If you do plan on drinking, make sure you eat something substantial to counteract the effects of some of the alcohol.

As the Coordinator of the Party:

• Consider ordering cabs: Having cabs ready for your employees after the event can ensure people aren’t driving home drunk or buzzed.

• Avoid salty snacks: Having many salty snacks out tends to make people thirsty and want to drink more.

• Offer non-alcoholic beverages: Treat the designated drivers with some mocktails!

• Never serve alcohol to employees under 21

• Plan activities and games: Keep your employees busy so they aren’t too bored and turn straight to the booze.

• NEVER let an impaired employee drive home drunk: Take their keys, call their family, order them a cab, do whatever you can to not let them get behind the wheel.

Have a fun and safe office party this season!

Dear Friends and Clients,

Our firm is dedicated to act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues. As such, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also ensuring the health and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, most from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for the country we live in, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance and representation from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Marvin Anderman and the firm family of Fine, Olin & Anderman, LLP