Who are you betting on for the Super Bowl and could it get you in trouble at work?

Who are you betting on for the Super Bowl and could it get you in trouble at work?

According the the employment law firm Jackson Lewis, gambling is generally illegal at work Before deciding whether to sponsor or permit office pools, employers should examine their state law. “Gambling generally is illegal, but some states make an exception for “social gambling.” While the definition of social gambling varies, it usually occurs in a strictly social context, where the persons involved know each other beforehand and no profit is made. (The NFL’s copyright of the Super Bowl game prohibits third parties from charging admission to view the contest.) In most states, betting among friends and colleagues would fall within the social-gambling exception. While office pools may be permitted under these circumstances under some state laws, there may be limits on how much prize money can be awarded. Gift certificates to restaurants and gym memberships may be safer prizes if the employer is condoning the exchange of money in the workplace. Further, if there is a pool in the workplace, employers should ensure everyone understands that participation is completely voluntary, and that no negative action will be taken if an employee chooses not to participate.”

Be careful of making employees feel that they have to participant in something that might not be of interest!

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