Host Liquor Liability

The Host Liquor Liability Checklist everyone should have…

Liquor Liability is important to anyone that uses liquor to entertain clients. Most state laws say that the consequences of an accident connected with the serving alcoholic beverages may fall on the party that served the alcohol.

Who does host liquor liability effect?

Do you serve wine, beer or hard alcohol at a:

  • Bar?
  • Tavern?
  • Restaurant?
  • Hotel?
  • Events?
  • Office parties?
  • Company-sponsored parties?
  • Client meetings?

Smart business owners see the consequences down the road of serving alcohol. Inexperienced business owners must suffer the consequences. How about you? Where do you fit in?

A quick example:

A local jury found a independent sales consultant liable for a crash caused by a customer that seriously injured an exchange student riding his skateboard. Why the independent consultant? The consultant was  accused of having served drinks at an in-home party she held.. The jury awarded the injured student $1.5 million dollars.

Here is the Alcohol Liability Checklist everyone needs to review:

  • Is heavy drinking an accepted way of entertaining employees & customers in our corporate culture?
  • Do we check MVRs for employee DUI citations?
  • What do we do with employees that have DWI/DUI citations?
  • Do we discuss the frequency of parties and convention type events we host?
  • Does our company have a have a substance abuse program?
  • Do we have any formal expense reimbursement rules for alcohol for our employees?
  • If we serve alcohol do we check age with proof of ID?
  • If we serve alcohol have we trained our employees how deny alcohol to our patrons?

While there are cost associated with putting in controls around alcohol and its role in your business, there are even bigger costs potentially associated with not doing so.

Take the time to review this list and if you have any questions please contact us.

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