Corporate Law Report: Workplace Romances, FMLA Changes, California Tax News, and More
Do 'Love Contracts' Ease the Risks of Office Relationships?
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
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
Simply engaging in a consensual sexual or personal relationship with your superior is typically not considered sexual harassment in New York. However, such behavior may not comply with company Human Resources policies...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
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
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
Workplace romances are not unusual. But when do an employee's romantic overtures to another employee cross the line and become sexual harassment? Under what circumstances can an employer be held liable for failing to prevent...more
Office romances are exciting and fun — for a while. The couple is smitten, stealing meaningful glances across a conference table. Fellow employees catch on to the romance and enjoy the gossip. After a while, employees in...more
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