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An office sports team is a great way to build a healthier workforce, promote camaraderie -- and potentially get you, the small business owner, sued.
As an employer, you should be concerned about incurring liability if anyone gets hurt while playing sports -- be it during a casual lunchtime game of soccer or on an official office-sponsored softball team.
Here are three ways an office sports team can get you sued:
If you think your company's fear of liability would do more harm than good, then keep the sports team and make sure to have a strong set of guidelines in place -- with some liability insurance to boot.
Many businesses are avoiding large-scale lawsuits by counting office sports-related injuries as work-related and covering the medical bills, reports the Los Angeles Times. It's a smart and financially savvy way to prevent a pricier lawsuit from cropping up.
For more information on potential legal issues and solutions, you may want to speak to an experienced employment law attorney in your area.
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