8th December 2021

Employment Law Advent Calendar: Day 8

It’s the 8th of December and thank you for gracing me with your presents. Look behind door number 8 to find out who or what is there to help employers this Christmas.

It’s the Grinch.

While it might be the Season of Goodwill, some people are determined to ruin your festive cheer. Unfortunately, theft, fraud and drug spiking are just three examples of crimes that see a rise in their numbers during the run-up to Christmas.

Here are a few things employers can remind their employees to do to help keep themselves safe this Christmas:

  • Be extra vigilant about letting unfamiliar faces in and around the workplace and to stay alert and off their mobile phones when walking to and from their cars.
  • When attending meetings or work-related events away from the office make sure to let someone else know where you will be, when you expect to arrive/leave and share a contact number.  If working alone in the office, again, make sure someone else knows where you are and how you can be contacted.
  • Be careful about what is shared on social media. At the very least, review privacy settings and keep personal information to a minimum as information shared on social media can be used to make phishing messages more convincing.  
  • Never leave drinks unattended, even when with people you know and throw away any drink that tastes odd.

Employers have a legal responsibility to ensure a safe and healthy workplace and working environment. But I think we would all agree that it’s just the right thing to do and to do what we can to keep each other safe.

Make sure you elf a merry little Christmas and contact a member of the Blackadders Employment Team working in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth and across Scotland for help and advice.

Donna Reynolds, Partner
Accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a Specialist in Employment Law & Discrimination Law
Employment Law
Blackadders LLP



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