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Holiday Cheer?

You can be held liable if your employees drive home drunk after the company party.

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This story appears in the December 1996 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

If you're hoping to boost with a bit of holiday cheer by throwing a company Christmas party, here's a sobering thought: If one of your employees imbibes too much and crashes into another car on the way home, you and your business can be held liable.

Many states have laws that hold taverns and liquor stores liable for accidents caused by drunken patrons, and some states extend that liability to any social host who keeps serving alcohol to someone who appears intoxicated if that person will likely be driving home.

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