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From bankers to zookeepers: dealing with the aftermath of an office party punch-up

The work's do: love them or loathe them! As the festive season fast approaches, office Christmas parties abound. While the vast majority of employees will use it to harmlessly let their hair down, unfortunately for a small minority, the office party may represent trouble.

According to a survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, punch-ups and threatening behaviour top the list of reasons for disciplinary action following the staff Christmas party. One in 10 workers know of someone from their organisation who has either been disciplined or sacked for inappropriate behaviour at the Christmas do.

When violence between colleagues does erupt, dealing with each participant fairly can be a difficult tightrope to walk for employers. Our employment & equalities team look at two scenarios - a not so fun family day out and the battle of the zookeppers - and treating each offending employee fairly.

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