You say it’s your birthday?

January 6th, 2004 by Julie Ferguson

…and those spankings from co-workers left you feeling a little bruised? Generally spanking, birthday spanking rituals in the workplace are not a good idea.

Well you’ll get no relief from the tort system, at least not in Minnesota where the Appeals Court invoked exclusive remedy as the only potential avenue of relief. It will be interesting to see if this passes the compensability test. Usually horseplay isn’t compensable, but it can often hinge on whether the employer has a policy discouraging any horseplay, or whether they actually condone or even participate in any tomfoolery. If the company president was among the paddlers, it may prove to be an expensive birthday party indeed.

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