Frequently Asked Employment Questions

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Topic: Company and staff handbooks

Can we introduce a policy on workplace relationships?

You’re well within your rights to lay down some reasonable rules but it’s unrealistic to try and ban employee relationships altogether. However, you can insist that no form of physical contact takes place on your premises or those of a client. Equally, a policy can set out the standards of behaviour expected from the parties if their relationship ends, which is particularly important if it’s an acrimonious split. A policy should be stricter with regards to relationships between staff of differing seniority, e.g. a manager and an administrator; particularly if one reports to the other. Tip. If your policy includes a requirement that employees declare personal relationships, make sure they can do so confidentially; they may not want it to be common knowledge.