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Don’t let your holiday song end with “13 lawyers litigating…”

Litigation in a pear tree

 

 

While the mistletoe kissing tradition might sound like a harmless holiday game, when it happens at your company’s employee gathering, you could be facing a sexual harassment claim.  Not only is your company at risk, but the offending harasser could also be personally liable to the victim. 

We are not labor law attorneys, but we suggest you check with your own legal experts and take steps to educate your employees about acceptable behavior and recourse should they encounter a problem.  Special training is available for teams and managers to make sure that your organization is taking steps to minimize unacceptable behavior, foster a culture of respect, and reduce organizational risk. 

At a minimum, make sure that you have an employee handbook which outlines your rules of behavior and well-defined steps for confidentially dealing with any employee concerns.

How you choose to deal with those unusual birds in your fruit trees is up to you. 

Image via istockphoto @lifeofrileydesign and modified to include gavels from istockphoto @onblast

EXCITING NEWS!  BDCo has moved to NAPA. 

After spending more than 30 great years as a resident of St. Helena, BDCo began a search in 2019 for a new office location in Napa that would better suit its needs. The goal was to improve the life/work balance for members of the team without inconveniencing our customers. Our newly completed Napa home meets our requirements perfectly and we can't wait to welcome you for a visit once we are all able to move about freely. 

For now, our office remains closed to visitors and much of our staff will continue to work remotely at their discretion and in accordance with current safety regulations. 

Our new address is :

Brotemarkle, Davis & Co. LLP
1000 Main Street, Suite 250
Napa, CA 94559 

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