Employees sometimes have to travel for work, and everything from travel time to the behavior of employees at the hotel after a couple drinks can expose employers to suits under workplace laws. Here, management-side attorneys explain what claims can arise and how to avoid them.

Employers can foster a safe work environment outside the office by having a clear and well-worded anti-harassment policy paired with anti-harassment training and a well-developed complaint procedure. In addition to having that policy, training and reporting infrastructure in place, it’s good to remind people heading out on a trip about what’s expected of them, according to Denise Keyser of Ballard Spahr LLP.

“Remind them that you expect people to adhere to a professional behavior policy,” Keyser said. “The things they say and do on a business trip are the same as if they’re doing them in the workplace.”

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