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Beware Xmas party slip-ups; with our brilliant careers website Edited by TRICIA PHILLIPS

KNOW HOW One in four of us has done something at a work Christmas party we later regret - often because of too much alcohol, according to DrinkAware.

Some employers don't offer a free bar at such events because it increases their liability if employees acting inappropriately claim they were encouraged to get drunk. And social media brings in a whole new level of risk to workers and their jobs.

Phil Pepper, employment lawyer at Shakespeare Martineau, says: "Workers may not realise that posting a derogatory comment about a colleague to a closed group of friends on Facebook or other social networks could be a disciplinary matter.

"People may think their post is private, but if it's shared with the colleague concerned at a later date, a complaint could be made against them. A message sent during a work event and considered offensive could be grounds for dismissal."

We all like to let our hair down at Christmas parties but make sure you avoid social media slip-ups. | Don't post a message about being drunk and planning to call in sick the next day. It could result in disciplinary action. | Commenting on the way someone looks or behaves at a party might seem OK but it could cause offence. Such comments could be discriminatory, particularly if they relate to gender, religious beliefs or sexual orientation. | Everyone likes to take photos but there's a limit. Taking pictures of drunk colleagues and making them public along with inappropriate comments could be considered bullying. | If you must rant about the boss, don't share your feelings with colleagues or in posts. It could be seen as a breach of trust.

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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion Column
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 24, 2016
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