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How Employers' Haunted House and Fright Night Went Way Wrong

Publisher: Society for Human Resource Management
October 30, 2017

John McLafferty was quoted in an article, "How Employers' Haunted House and Fright Night Went Way Wrong," published on the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) website. The article discusses the risks of Halloween-related injuries for employers, and provides suggestions for employers to protect themselves. McLafferty told SHRM that injuries sustained at work as a result of Halloween costumes may be compensable under workers' compensation statutes. He recommended that employers provide employees with costume guidelines. For instance, McLafferty said, employers should not just tell workers to use good judgment, because that's far too subjective a standard. Instead, McLafferty said, they should be as specific as possible and make it clear that employees can't show too much skin or violate workplace dress codes. Any politically themed outfits or those that mock a certain nationality or culture should similarly be left at home, McLafferty told SHRM.

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