The Work Oriented Culture Of The Day

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Using Love Contracts to Minimize Litigation Risk in Regard to Workplace Romance
Since work is where we spend the most time outside of our homes, it is no surprise that workplace romance is becoming more prevalent. Many studies suggest that many people now meet romantic partners at work (Binetti 153). In the work-oriented culture of the day, “office romances and related topics of sex and privacy have become important issues confronted by most employers” (Wilson, Filosa, and Fennel 78). “A well-drafted, carefully implemented and widely disseminated corporate policy regarding fraternization among employees can provide substantial legal protection to employers” (Wilson, Filosa, and Fennel, 85). Employers need to determine what type of limitation they want and then figure out the best way to implement it. Policies need to include precise definitions of what conduct is discouraged, prohibited, or limited. Employers also must consider the consequences for those who violate the policies. Employers should also be sure that all employees have been made aware of the policies and understand the policies (Wilson, Filosa, and Fennel 86).
While some employers have policies in place to prevent or limit workplace romance some employers have not addressed this issue all. This may be due to concerns about implementation and enforcement; they chose to avoid any express formal policy and instead rely on unwritten rules or current policies (Wilson, Filosa, and Fennel 78). However, human resources…

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