If you serve alcohol at your business party, and a guest or employee gets drunk, leaves and gets into an accident, can the business be held liable? In most cases, yes. Many states have specific "host liability" laws that hold bars, restaurants, and even homeowners and business owners responsible for accidents caused by people that they served alcohol. Even if your state does not have social host liability laws, you may still be liable under business host laws.
Even if no criminal charges can be brought against an employer, businesses can still be held accountable in a civil lawsuit.
Here is information you need to know about potential liability, as well as tips on how to serve alcohol responsibly at the holiday office party this year.