We would like some advice on bringing children to a work Christmas function. The party will be held off-site and food and alcohol will be served. A couple of employees would like to bring their children to this party. Both children are under the legal age to drink alcohol. It is understandable that no alcohol will be served to them and this will be monitored, but if it is served at the function could you please explain our position in relation to this?
If it is advisable that no children should be allowed to the work Christmas party then we will approach it in this manner. Please advise.
Just a short note to confirm our earlier telephone conversation on this subject and possible implications for your corporation. As you have described the situation the Christmas party is to be held at Licensed Premises being one of the larger hotels in your area function and being able to provide function type facilities. This no doubt will remove a great deal of the responsibility from you and the corporation as the Licensee will have dealt with this type of scenario on virtually a daily basis and will be cognisant of the licensing and legal obligations that apply thereto.
The licensee and his staff will have completed the Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) course as is required under NSW law and therefore will be qualified to supervise the attendees and their consumption of alcohol. They will also be able to supervise the juveniles as to non consumption of alcohol which will remove the onus from you and the corporation.
It may well be advisable for you to inform the licensee of this situation prior to the function and inform him of who the persons are that are underage and how many of them there are as a matter of courtesy and ask that he acknowledge the communication. I trust that this is of help to your good self and may I take this opportunity of wishing you all the best wishes for the Festive Season.