Are we liable if a non-employee is injured at one of our company's social events?
Question: I am writing to seek your advice around our social club and activities.
We run an optional social club at work, where the employee contributes $2.50 per week per person they want to bring along (normally $5 for them and a partner), our company then matches their donation equally.
We have conducted numerous events throughout the years, and as of late we are starting to do more family friendly events, involving the growing number of children throughout the company.
If a non-employee gets hurt at one of these activities - who is liable? Each person has joined the club on a voluntary basis, they attend the events on a voluntary basis, they also sign a waiver (at the event) generally protecting the venue, but within that waiver they agree that they are liable for their own actions.
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