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It’s spring, so love must be in the air … and at the office

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by Laura Harshbarger, Esq., Bond, Schoeneck & King, Syracuse

business woman receiving rosesAfter a long, hard winter, spring is in the air and love is all around. But if one of Cupid’s arrows lands in your workplace, that warm and fuzzy feeling can quickly turn into a headache.

Don’t wait until a spring romance brings September grief—and a sexual harassment lawsuit. Instead, hone your workplace relationship rules now.

Total ban could backfire

A total ban on workplace romance may be a total disaster. A blanket prohibition against co-workers dating each other may be legal, but it brings with it serious practical problems.

Love being what it is, an employer policy against romantic attraction has little chance of actually preventing it. Add to this the morale problem of what may be viewed as a heavy-handed policy, and a total ban against dating may be more cure than needed.

Moderation in everything

Consider a more tailored approach, banning some, but not all...(register to read more)

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