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Policies are key to handling workplace romance

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by Amy G. McAndrew, Esq.

Romance may be in the air at your workplace this Valentine’s Day. And while Cupid shoots arrows, workplace romances often blow up in a liability minefield.

There is a good chance that some of your employees are dating one another. A 2011 survey by CareerBuilder.com found that 40% of those polled said they have dated a co-worker. It’s enough to make an HR professional shudder. The inevitable question for an employer is how to handle these types of relationships.

Start with harassment policy

A comprehensive sexual harassment prevention policy is your first line of legal defense. If you have not done so lately, review your policy (with help from your attorney) to make sure it clearly identifies the type of conduct that is prohibited and offers employees multiple avenues through which they can complain about sexual harassment.

Of course, merely having an anti-harassment policy is not enough. It is an em...(register to read more)

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