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Sharing the Love: Managing the Risks of Office Romance

 

Speaker Name :Janette Levey Frisch


90 Minutes

     In this webinar we will address these and other questions key issues that every employer needs to understand about workplace harassment and how to respond appropriately to these situations, including appropriate policies and investigation procedures in order avoid liability.

Overview

Romance may sell novels, TV shows and movies, but in the employment context it is often not a positive development, especially when the workplace romance sours. For example, can you be sure the relationship is consensual and would not form the basis of a sexual harassment claim? What if one of the parties reports to the other? Can your company enact a no dating policy? What if anything should an employer do if it hears rumors of a workplace romance?

Areas Covered

Topics include, without limitation:

  • Overview of the Issues Involved in Interoffice Dating
  • What is sexual harassment?
  • Courtship at Work
  • Best Practices for Dating and Keeping it HR Appropriate
  • Hiring Married Couples
  • What to do When Employees Break Up
  • What is a Love Contract, and Should You Have One?
  • Can You Ban Office Romances?
    • The importance of company policies
    • Enforcing policies
  • Dismissal for Inappropriate Relationships
    • Potential conduct issues
    • 'Some other substantial reason'
  • Potential Privacy Issues
    • 'Pillow talk'
    • Privacy whilst both employees work for the same employer
    • Privacy if one of the couple moves to a competitor
  • Much more!

Who will Benefit

  • Business Owners;
  • CEO’s
  • Senior Managers;
  • Any direct managers/supervisors;
  • VP HR;
  • HR Director;
  • HR Generalist
  • Chief People Officers;
  • Chief Operations Officers

Speaker Profile

Janette Levey Frisch has over 20 years of legal experience, more than 10 of which she has spent in Employment Law. It was during her tenure as sole in-house counsel for a mid-size staffing company headquartered in Central New Jersey, with operations all over the continental US, that she truly developed her passion for Employment Law.

Janette operates under this core belief: It is possible, and it is in an employer’s best interest, to proactively solve workforce challenges before they become problems, before they result in lawsuits or steep fines caused by government audits.

Janette works with employers on most employment law issues, acting as the Employer’s Legal Wellness Professional — to ensure that employers are in the best position possible to avoid litigation, audits, employee relations problems, and the attendant, often exorbitant costs. Janette authors the firm’s weekly blog, where you can read each week, in plain English (not legalese) about issues impacting employers today. Janette has written articles on many different employment law issues for many publications, including EEO Insight, Staffing Industry Review, @Law, and Chief Legal Officer.

Janette has served on the Workplace Violence Prevention Institute, a multidisciplinary task force dedicated to providing proactive, holistic solutions to employers serious about promoting workplace safety and preventing workplace violence.

Janette has also spoken and trained on topics, such as Criminal Background Checks in the Hiring Process, Joint Employment, Severance Arrangements, Pre-Employment Screening among many, many others.

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