There are a number of perks that come with offering food to your employees. However, if a worker comes in contact with a certain food item they are allergic to and has a reaction, you may need to utilize your liability insurance.
Food in the workplace can help employees fuel their minds. In fact, according to a recent survey conducted by Seamless, many workers said they don’t mind putting in extra hours around the office, as long as there are items to snack on.
“Food remains a relatively untapped perk that companies can use to measurably improve employee retention and happiness and show their appreciation, while separating themselves from competitors,” said Seamless vice president and general manager Nick Worswick.
However, companies need to worry about the food the don’t offer, as well as items regularly available to their employees.
Take for example a recent case between Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and students suffering from celiac disease as well as other food allergies.
According to the Department of Justice, the school’s inability to provide gluten-free items was in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Not only did Lesley University agree to provide more extensive dietary options, but it also paid $50,000 in compensate damages to students with documented food allergies.