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Understanding and Mitigating Liability for Workplace Romances

The recent life-imitating-art headlines featuring illicit romantic affairs involving senior corporate and governmental leaders remind us that there are legal implications to workplace romances. Once they become unpleasant or...more

Week in Review - February 14, 2014

The flowers and chocolates that will be delivered to employee desks this week for Valentine's Day are a great reminder for employers to think about the best practices for approaching workplace romances. For more information...more

Navigating Office Romances and Avoiding Litigation

Valentine’s Day is upon us, and companies are experiencing workplace romance at its finest, which is why it is a good time to consider updating or implementing office romance policies. According to a survey conducted by...more

Obama or Clinton? Avoiding the Potential Disasters of Office Romance

An office romance 25 years ago worked out well for President Barack Obama (who met his wife, Michelle, while they were both working at a Chicago law firm) President Bill Clinton’s history of workplace relationships was a...more

Labor Letter, June 2013: Love Is In The Air…

Nora Roberts said “Love and magic have a great deal in common. They enrich the soul, delight the heart. And they both take practice.” Love and the workplace, however, well, that is a different ball game. ...more

Retail Industry Update, No. 2, June 2013: Handling Misconduct By (Someone Else's) Employees

In “Legally Blonde,” Reese Witherspoon’s hairdresser catches the eye of her crush, the sexy delivery driver. In spite of starting with an awkward misfire with the hairdresser smacking the delivery driver in the nose, the...more

Codes Of Conduct: What Are They Good For?

I had an interesting and frustrating conversation with a relative about the work that I do, which includes working with companies on refreshing their Codes of Business Conduct. ...more

Time To Say Goodbye (For Now)

Series Litigation Value: various harassment, discrimination, and bizarre workers’ compensation matters = astronomical; future employment matters due to Dwight taking over as Regional Manager = enough to keep Dunder Mifflin’s...more

No Nonsense

Litigation Value: Office romance with the new Regional Manager (and A.A.R.M.) = fodder for a potential sexual harassment claim; eliminating nonsense from the workplace = every human resources manager’s dream; Dwight giving...more

Living The Dream

Litigation Value: None. I think The Office gods have been reading my blog entries and decided that they’d give me an hour-long episode with very few legal issues....more

Corporate Law Report: Workplace Romances, FMLA Changes, California Tax News, and More [Video]

Our latest Corporate Law Report includes a look at how to deal with office relationships, changes to FMLA rules to benefit veterans, an unfortunate tax development for investors in certain California business, and other...more

Do 'Love Contracts' Ease the Risks of Office Relationships? [Video]

Every year around Valentine's Day employers are reminded of the risks surrounding workplace romances - but of course this is a tricky issue that exists all year long. Can a "love contract" - an HR document signed by both...more

‘Tis the Season for Office Romances … Love and the Office Water Cooler

As Valentine’s Day approaches, what better time to address the proverbial workplace issue — the office romance. While everyone certainly loves a great love story with a happily ever after ending, unfortunately, office romance...more

Employment Law Blog: Happy Valentine's Day - Maybe!

As the holiday approaches, romantically inclined employees look forward to lovely deliveries and declarations that appear in the workplace. Employers desiring fewer holiday and post-holiday complaints may want to do some...more

Just in Time for Valentine’s Day: When Employees Place Bets in the Workplace Dating Pool…

“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.”—Aristotle “The quickest way to a man’s heart is through his chest.”—Rosanne Barr Okay, so, in college I was good friends with this girl on the dorm...more

Understanding and Mitigating Liability for Workplace Romances

Originally published in the New York Law Journal on December 26, 2012. The recent life-imitating-art headlines featuring illicit romantic affairs involving senior corporate and governmental leaders remind us that there...more

Labor Letter, September 2012: Supervisor-Subordinate Relationships: Never A Good Idea

Since many people spend most of their waking hours at the office, and often spend more time with coworkers than family members, it's not unusual for workplace romances to blossom. But if that romance is between a supervisor...more

Labor Letter - September 2012

In This Issue: - When “Let’s Keep It Quiet” Is An Unfair Labor Practice By Ray Haley (Louisville): On July 30, 2012, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a bad decision for any employer that expects...more

Quick Hits: Love in the Workplace, Public Employees, Pleading Standards, ADR, Novartis Settlement, EEOC Statistics

On this Valentine’s Day, while you’re out shopping for flowers and chocolate, here are a few nuggets of employment law that you might have missed lately: Since love is in the air today, Robin Shea continues the...more

Employment Law Update: Romance in the Workplace: You, Me and our Employer?

As Valentine’s Day approaches, here are some interesting facts for employers to consider: Statistics indicate that over 10 percent of married couples met at work. Almost a third of respondents in a recent survey by Monster...more

On Valentine's Day, Cupid Will Be Circling the Workplace-What Can Employers Do to Mitigate Risks?

For employers, Cupid’s arrow only points one direction…..to the Company’s Sexual Harassment Policy. While Valentine’s Day may be a holiday to celebrate love and romance, it can quickly become an employer’s worst nightmare....more

On Valentine's Day, Cupid Will Be Circling the Workplace-What Can Employers Do to Mitigate Risks?

For employers, Cupid’s arrow only points one direction…..to the Company’s Sexual Harassment Policy. While Valentine’s Day may be a holiday to celebrate love and romance, it can quickly become an employer’s worst nightmare. ...more

Are Office Romances a Thing of the Past? New Study Suggest Fewer Employees Willing to Mix Love and Work

Office romances can be tricky for both employers and employees, particularly because of their ability to disrupt the work environment. However, a recent survey suggests that the poor job market may have caused employees to...more

Pushing the Limits of PDA

When last night’s episode originally aired on February 10, 2011, I noted that the Scranton office more closely resembled a nightclub at the height of the sexual revolution than a reputable place of business – see my original...more

Romance At Work

Attached is a recent article that we published in the Legal Intelligencer that concerns romance at work and the problems it can present....more

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