A professional sports team head coach recently found himself in hot water over a romantic relationship with another employee of the franchise. The team’s management suspended him for an entire season for purported violations of workplace policies. What allegedly started as a consensual relationship escalated into the employee claiming that
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Workplace romance is in the air this February. Employment attorney Bridget Blinn-Spears discusses best practices and considerations for employers when addressing workplace relationships.
If romantic comedies have taught us anything, it’s that romance can blossom in the workplace, especially when colleagues spend a significant amount of time together. But the movies conspicuously omit the significant risks that office romances can cause to your company’s culture and potential legal liability.
“I did not have sexual relations with that woman.” “It depends on what the definition of ‘is’ is.” Ryan Murphy’s latest installment of the FX true-crime anthology television series Impeachment: American Crime Story (Impeachment) takes viewers back to the 90s to relive the events that led to the impeachment
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In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, SHRM published an article highlighting a new survey on office romances. Among the key findings of the survey: 34% of employees are or have been in a workplace romance, compared to 26% in the previous […]
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With St. Valentine’s Day fast approaching, take a moment to show your employees you care about them. Join Jennifer for a discussion of appropriate employee recognition practices, and how to stay out of hot water with the tax authorities.
Dear Littler: I run HR for a business with locations across the West Coast. One of our store managers, Romeo, called today to inform me that he is now dating the assistant manager, Juliet, at his location in Los Angeles. I hate to crush young love, but this relationship seems wildly inappropriate. How do I handle this uncomfortable situation?
February is often called the “month of love,” and for employers, it may be an appropriate time to consider how to address issues surrounding workplace romance. Regardless of whether employers approve, it is likely inevitable that, at some point, the love bug will bite at work. According to a 2017 survey by CareerBuilder, 41 percent of employees said they had dated a work colleague within the prior year. Another study, by the University of Chicago, revealed that nearly 22 percent of U.S. married couples met at work. But because not every office romance results in wedding bells or fairy tale endings, such relationships create the potential for workplace conflicts, allegations of sexual harassment or retaliation and even litigation. Employers have several options for addressing possible problems in order to avoid legal headaches.