So the question on everyone’s mind when it comes to holiday parties: Will alcohol be served? For employers this is a big decision and, depending on where the holiday party is held and how it is contained, one that may come to expose an employer to liability. For the most part, whether an employer can be held responsible for alcohol-related incidents at or after company-sponsored events depends on the state in which the party is held and the circumstances.

First things first: If the event involves a business purpose that can be considered to have a direct effect on the …