Work dating policies
For this HR Scenario, let’s say that in a small office setting there is gossip that two employees are dating.
In these situations, there is frequently a feeling among some of the staff that having a couple in such a small business setting is counterproductive.
If you are going to have a dating policy that allows employees to engage in a romantic relationship, it is essential to communicate what behaviors are appropriate for their interactions at the workplace during work hours.
Expectations should be clearly stated during regular, periodic sexual harassment trainings.
It’s inevitable that co-workers may date one another, but workplace relationships bring potential for increased employer liability in harassment and retaliation claims, especially for a relationship that forms between a supervisor and a subordinate.