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Workplace romances: Do they ‘Suit’ your company?

by FordHarrison on

Workplace romances, especially between persons at different levels in a company, can lead to HR nightmares. Notably, some polls reflect that more than 80% of employees have been involved in, or know about co-workers who have...more

Failure to Investigate Not Fatal to Just Cause Termination

by Field Law on

The Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench’s recent decision in Watkins v Willow Park Golf Course, 2017 ABQB 541, centers around a case of a supervisor who developed unreturned romantic feelings for another employee. The case also...more

Guess Who You Should Never Invite to Dinner? What We Can Learn From Sexual Harassment Claims in the News

Sexual harassment—we have policies against it, we train people on how to prevent and report it, and yet still we have big news stories about it. In the last year, Fox News hit the headlines on this front multiple times–not...more

5 ways to ensure your workplace Valentine doesn’t break your heart — or get you fired

This time of year, I am a total bleeding heart. Unlike most of my fellow employment law bloggers, I love Valentine’s Day, and I don’t have much of a problem with consensual workplace relationships between unmarried...more

Be My Workplace Valentine? We’ll See . . .

Psychology Today had a great article by social psychologist and professor Theresa DiDonato about nine questions one should ask oneself before starting a workplace romance. Of course, the article was written primarily from a...more

Swipe Left to Avoid Liability: Policing Dating Apps in the Workplace

According to a 2015 survey, nearly two-thirds of people in the United States and over 2 billion people worldwide own smartphones. For some smartphone users, their phones are their only avenue of access to the Internet....more

When Cupid’s Arrow Strikes the Workplace

by BakerHostetler on

With Valentine’s Day approaching, love is in the air, and employers need to be mindful of the risks associated with workplace romance. While these risks exist year-round, the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday may trigger...more

All Is Fair In Love And The Workplace?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

It is not surprising that sparks may fly in the workplace, considering that most Americans spend more time at work than they do anywhere else. And as Valentine’s Day approaches, workplace romances are especially likely to...more

Helpful Policies To Address Office Romances This Valentine’s Day

They say that “love is in the air” around Valentine’s Day, but companies should avoid breathing it in too deeply. Because office romances are prevalent, employers should take proactive steps to reduce the liability of such...more

Coworkers Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani are dating! What could possibly go wrong?

by FordHarrison on

Last week, the Internet was abuzz with the news that Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, who work together as judges on The Voice, have begun dating. Workplace relationships, though fraught with hazard for HR professionals, are...more

Love is in the Air (and at the Office)

Ahhh, Valentine’s Day, when love is all around. But if one of Cupid’s arrows lands in your workplace, that warm and fuzzy feeling can quickly turn into headache and indigestion....more

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

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

Time To Say Goodbye (For Now)

by FordHarrison on

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

by FordHarrison on

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

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

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

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

by Mintz Levin on

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

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

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

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?

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

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?

by Tammy Ensslin on

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?

by Tammy Ensslin on

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

by Beth Lincow Cole on

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

by FordHarrison on

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

by Robert Haurin on

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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