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Thursday, June 02, 2011
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It’s time for the 5th Annual 2016 Georgia Legal Food Frenzy! Every year, J. Edward Enoch, PC and other law firms in our local legal community come together April 18-29th for a two week food and funds drive in order to benefit our local food bank, Golden Harvest Food Bank.

We do this because the spring and summer months are the most difficult months for the Food Bank as donations and volunteer support slow and families plan for and enjoy summer vacation.

That’s where you come in—by partnering with ­­J. Edward Enoch, PC, you can help us to ensure that the Food Bank has enough food and funds to feed local children, seniors, and families who rely on Golden Harvest Food Bank for help during the spring and summer. The truth is that 1 in 4 children in Georgia do not get enough to eat, and 1 in 5 of all Georgians struggle with hunger.

In this friendly food drive competition, the law firm or legal organization that raises the most food (based on a per-person average of attorneys and staff) will be awarded the prestigious and highly coveted “Attorney General’s Cup.” By donating either financially or through canned goods, you can help J. Edward Enoch, PC to feed those in need while helping us do well in this friendly competition. Simply either mail or drop off your donation to our firm or to Golden Harvest Food Bank and let the staff know that you are donating to help J. Edward Enoch, PC out in the Legal Food Frenzy competition.

Golden Harvest Food Bank is located at:

3310 Commerce Drive

Augusta, GA 30909

 

We would greatly appreciate your support in this important cause.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to ­­­­­J. Edward Enoch, PC more information:

Elizabeth Nobles

Edward Enoch, PC

3540 Wheeler Road, Ste 312

Augusta, GA 30909

enobles@enochlaw.com

706.738.4141

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WHAT HAPPENS AT THE HOLIDAY PARTY . . .

Why do employers sponsor holiday parties? To show our appreciation for our employees’ work and, hopefully, celebrate a successful year in business. However, in my experience holiday parties are fraught with as much opportunity to damage morale as to improve it. So here are some thoughts from a war-scarred veteran of many year-end parties.

First, let your employees help plan the party. It is not really a party unless the people you plan to honor and entertain actually want to come. I once worked for a company who hosted their holiday party at a fancy restaurant that required men to wear a jacket. Many of us in management frequented this restaurant and considered it a big perk to invite the rank-and-file employees to a party there. However, almost none of the staff (primarily female) attended the party. After a couple of years of this trend, someone had the bright idea to ask the staff why the party was not well attended. Turns out, most of the staff’s husbands hated to wear a sports coat or jacket, so they did not attend. The moral of the story is, let your people help plan the party.

I cannot discuss holiday parties without discussing the issue of alcohol. To paraphrase, “What happens at the holiday party, does not stay at the holiday party.” Behavior at any office party comes back to work. The party is not a free pass for adolescent behavior and there is no law against discharge or discipline for actions taken at the party. Don’t punch out the boss. “Innocent flirting” with a subordinate at the party can become sexual harassment in the cold light of day.

For the employer, alcohol includes the possibility of "social host liability." In Georgia, social hosts can be held liable for the damage caused by someone to whom they serve alcohol if the person was noticeably intoxicated at the time and the host knows the person will soon be driving a motor vehicle. In South Carolina social host liability is limited to hosts who serve alcohol to minors (including providing open access, such as a keg).

My rule of thumb when advising clients is--all things in moderation. Here are some tips to help keep the party in check and still have a good time:

1. Invite spouses if the party is after business hours;
2. Do not serve unlimited free alcohol. If the party is a dinner, have an open bar for 45 minutes or an hour before dinner and then go to a cash bar. Hand out two free drink tickets to each person;
3. Serve food to help slow alcohol absorption;
4. Do not serve unattended alcohol, particularly if there are minors attending the party;
5. Hire a professional bartender.

Happy Holidays!

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This is the powerpoint presentation from my speech to the CSRA Medical Managers in May 2012.   It provides guidance on creating or auditing your employee handbook

 

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On February 21 Ed will speak to physician residents at a seminar at Mercer University sponsored by the UGA Small Business Development Center.   The topic will be "Negotiating Your First Employment Contract."   Our firm represents medical   practices and individual physicians in the drafting and negotiation of employment contracts as well as all other   legal aspects of running a medical practice.

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Ed is presenting, "So You are the HR Manager: HR Bootcamp for Small Business" at the annual CSRA Human Resource Managers Conference September 21 at the Riverfront Marriott.     Click here to view the Conference Schedule  

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    3540 Wheeler Rd, Ste. 312
    Augusta, GA 30909
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