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Beware the Rumor Mill: Massachusetts Court Finds Reporting of Rumored Office Romance May Be Protected Activity

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A Massachusetts federal court has found that reporting a rumored office romance and complaining about paramour favoritism can be protected activity that is protected by anti-retaliation laws. The court also...more

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

I-16 – Kneeling, Indefinite Leave, DC Updates, Non-Compete Consideration, and Pretty as a Protected Class

by Cozen O'Connor on

This episode discusses kneeling in the NFL/workplace, indefinite leave entitlement, and sufficient consideration for non-competes, provides an update from DC on OT exemptions and class action waivers, and questions whether...more

Respond to Employee Restraining Orders

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

An employer will face a trial on whether it negligently supervised an employee’s co-worker. The two workers had a relationship that ended when the man sexually assaulted the woman in her home. After trips to the emergency...more

When Office Romance Goes Pear-Shaped

by K&L Gates LLP on

The old adage that you shouldn't fish off the company wharf has been proven to be true for at least two high profile executives of late. While this is not a new or novel issue, it does beg the question of what role should a...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

Is a workplace relationship ever consistent with good governance

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Much has been made of recent scandals arising from sexual relationships in the workplace and in most cases the relationships are said to have been ‘personal and consensual’. While not a new issue, we have seen changes to the...more

Dealing with personal relationships in the workplace

by Dentons on

It has recently been reported in the press that John Neal, the CEO of the Australian headquartered insurance and reinsurance company QBE, had his annual bonus cut by twenty per cent (which equated to AU$550,000 or £340,000)...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

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: February 2016 #3

by Zelle LLP on

The death of Justice Antonin Scalia dominated the news over the long weekend. Whether you agreed with him or not, Justice Scalia’s impact on employment law was significant. From his scathing dissent in UPS v. Young to his...more

Love at Work: Romance Through Contract

by Reed Smith on

After celebrating our national day of love and embracing the spirit of St. Valentine that has descended everywhere, employment lawyers have one thing on their minds – Managing Workplace Romances! From out and out prohibition,...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

The Oman Update - Official Gazette 1132

by Dentons on

Ministerial Decisions - Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries Ministerial Decision No. 4/2016 Amending some provisions of the implementing regulations for the Law of Pasture and Livestock Management (MD 12/2005). Issued...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

Can Employers Be Sued by Adulterous Employee's Spouse?

North Carolina is one of a handful of states that recognize alienation of affection claims. Alienation is a personal injury cause of action brought by a spouse, usually against a person alleged to have engaged in an...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

50 Shades of Great

by Cozen O'Connor on

Do you have an Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey working in the same department, late? Do you have Anastasia constantly trying to bond with an unwilling Grey? Or an aggressive Grey with suggestive Facebook messages to...more

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not – Federal Appeals Court Confirms that Favoritism of a Paramour is Not Gender Discrimination

As one employee recently learned, a supervisor’s favoritism toward another employee because of a romantic relationship does not equate to unlawful discrimination. Additionally, a complaint of said favoritism cannot serve as...more

Tales From The Crypt - Rule No. 10 – There Is No “I(Ntegrity)” In Team - Part I

by Thomas Fox on

Ed. Note-today we begin a two-part series from the Two Tough Cookies about some of the toughest choices a compliance practitioner may face. As important as this message is for the compliance practitioner, I hope that this...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

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