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Employee fraternization—The kiss of discord?

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Q. We are a relatively small company, and it has come to our attention that two of our single employees have become romantically involved. One of the employees is in management. We have no policy addressing employee fraternization (if that is the correct term), and we wonder whether we can, or should, do something about it. Ideas?

A. I have heard that a significant number of marriages are the result of relationships that started at work. Most times employees will keep the relationship private—they don’t want their co-workers to know—but it is almost impossible to maintain secrecy for long if the relationship is anything more than casual.

As an employment lawyer, I know romantic relationships have the potential to create trouble. As a realist, however, it happens all the time and banning any socializing among employees is just not practical.

The Michigan Supreme Court has held that a rule prohibiting the employment of a s...(register to read more)

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