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Liability relating to company sponsored social events


Area Employment and Labour


The recent Ontario Superior Court decision in Hunt v. Sutton Group Incentive Realty Inc., et al (“Hunt”), has caused concern amongst many employers. This decision has made employers uncertain of their obligations to their employees at company sponsored social functions where alcohol is served. A review of the Hunt decision and some suggestions for employers to follow when company social events are held can help to minimize uncertainty which may exist as well as reduce an employer’s risk of liability.

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