As the NFL season continues on, some employers may notice their employees spending time checking their fantasy football rosters or trying to make trades with their coworkers. While this may seem like fun and games in the office, Law360 identifies the potential legal issues for employers when their workers participate in fantasy football on the job. The publication turned to Los Angeles partner Mark Terman for insight into how employers can address the potential legal pitfalls associated with fantasy football in the office.
“There’s a difference between fantasy football pools in an office and March Madness pools,” said Terman. “Fantasy football runs the course of a football season, and it has a greater potential, for not just legal issues but disruption of productivity in the workplace than March Madness does, which is limited to just a couple of weeks every March. I think there are other ways for employers to encourage camaraderie and team building among their workers than to create an environment where productivity can dip for a full football season plus playoffs.”
In Law360’s article, “Employers Need Game Plan For Fantasy Football At Office,” Terman comments extensively on things that employers can do to sidestep problems associated with workers’ fantasy football participation.