Corporate Law Report: Workplace Romances, FMLA Changes, California Tax News, and More
Do 'Love Contracts' Ease the Risks of Office Relationships?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
With Valentine's Day around the corner, many employees may have romance on the brain - and a fellow employee or even a supervisor or subordinate may be the target of their affection. An employer has plenty of reasons to...more
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
“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
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
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
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
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
In This Issue:
- Why should office romances concern your business?
- Non-Fraternisation Policies
- The thinning line between work and private life
- Taking "Reasonable Steps"
Have you ever wondered why...more
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
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
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
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
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
Attached is a recent article that we published in the Legal Intelligencer that concerns romance at work and the problems it can present....more
Studio 54 was a nightclub in New York City with infamously loose rules related to sexual expression. Rumor has it that back-room rendezvous were the norm. Sabre/Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton office may be trying to give the club...more
Litigation Value: Inappropriate Comments by Kevin, Creed, Michael, and Darryl = Yet More Expensive Fodder for Hostile Work Environment Claims; Cost of Sparkly Resolution Board = $4; Michael Force-Feeding Broccoli to Kevin =...more