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Follow these etiquette guidelines for your office party

Nearly 70 percent of employers say they’ll have a holiday party this year, according to a CareerBuilder survey. But office parties can be dangerous to navigate for both employees and employers.

A holiday party should be a voluntary event and employees should be assured that their attendance is not mandatory. But if you do decide to attend and  want to have fun yet still want have a job come Monday morning, consider these guidelines developed by Business Insider:

  • Make an effort to show up at the office holiday party. It shows your commitment to your job and company. But if you’re an employer, don’t retaliate against employees who don’t attend; they may have a legitimate reason.
  • Don’t be the first person to leave. It makes it look like you have better things to do and never wanted to be there in the first place.
  • Dress appropriately.  Just because the party is after work hours, that doesn’t mean you should wear something that’s not work appropriate.
  • Make sure your significant other knows what kind of attire is expected and if there are any topics they should avoid discussing.  Their behavior will reflect on you.
  • Don’t be antisocial. Talk to people you don’t know and use the party as an opportunity to meet new people.
  • Don’t get drunk. Set a limit for yourself before going to the party. Make sure you eat something to lessen the effects of alcohol..
  • Keep your conversation positive. Don’t complain about your job or company. You never know who’s listening.
  • Don’t talk about work. This is social time. Read about current events or topics from professional journals ahead of time so you have some conversation starters ready.
  • Don’t flirt. You don’t need a sexual harassment claim against you.
  • Don’t make a fool of yourself. You don’t know who’s taking video or where it will wind up. Likewise, avoid posting negative comments and inappropriate photos of others to social media.
  • And finally, make sure you say thank you to the host or party organizers.

For questions about how business law might apply to planning your office holiday party, contact the Miami office of PPK Law firm.

U.S. Supreme Court

Supreme Court fall term jam packed with business law

U.S. Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court’s busy fall session is in full swing.

The United States Supreme Court has a full plate beginning this week, and several of the cases slated for arguments have a big impact on business.

Those cases range from whether a baker must make a cake for a gay wedding if he or she opposes gay marriage on religious grounds to whether New Jersey can allow sports betting in casinos.

The lawyers at Pollack, Pollack & Kogan, LLC will be watching these cases closely. The firm focuses on litigation, representing clients in complex civil litigation, probate litigation, injunctive relief, judgment and debt collection, contract litigation, landlord- tenant disputes, legal ethics dilemmas, securities arbitrations, and other matters involving business disputes.

Here’s a look at high court cases this term—the full term for Donald Trump appointed Justice Neil Gorsuch—with a direct bearing on business:

Group Arbitration

The court heard arguments Monday in the case of NLRB vs. Murphy Oil and two related cases. At issue is whether companies can require workers to waive the right to join class action lawsuits against their employer and instead rely on arbitration to settle disputes. The Obama Administration argued that arbitration requirements were illegal under the National Labor Relations Act of 1935. The Trump Administration reversed that position, saying such waivers were legal under the Federal Arbitration Act of 1925.

Wedding cake for gay wedding

One of the more polarizing cases pits Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. Colorado. At issue is whether a baker can refuse to make a cake for a gay wedding based on religious beliefs or whether the state can require businesses to provide “full and equal” services to all customers. In the case the court is hearing, the Trump administration wants the court to allow free speech exemptions from such state requirements for those such as bakers, musicians and photographers whose work is “expressive.”

Sports betting

In the case of Christie vs. NCAA, the court will hear arguments over whether New Jersey can allow sports betting at casinos or must follow federal law that prohibits such betting outside Nevada.

Discrimination

The court will hear arguments over whether the Civil Rights Act of 1964 forbids employers from firing people because of their sexual orientation.

The 7th Circuit Court in Chicago has ruled that the Civil Rights Act applies to discrimination based on sexual orientation. The 11th Circuit Court in Atlanta has come down on the opposite side.

Miami Business Law Firm

At Pollack, Pollack & Kogan we pride ourselves on being in touch with the business owner experience. We understand the trials and tribulations that face business owners in today’s fast moving and modern economy. At the PPK business law firm in Miami our goal, is to help you the business owner, navigate this ever changing economic landscape and any legal obstacles that you may incur on the way. If experience, understanding, and communication are important to your business’s relationship with their law firm. Then then the PPK business law firm in Miami is most certainly the place for you.

Call us today and our legal staff will be happy to book you a consultation with one of our attorneys.

Our Miami business law firm phone number is (305) 373-9676.

Pollack Pollack & Kogan Miami Business Lawyers:

  • Contractual Disputes and Breach of Contract Litigation
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  • International Transactions and Shipment of Goods
  • Securities Arbitration
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