Common Sense, Not Contracts, Recommended For Office Romances

Western Mail, UK

Employers urged not to introduce US-style ‘love contracts’ at work
by Sarah Miloudi

BUSINESS and union leaders have urged employers not to adopt American-style “love contracts” in an attempt to curb the effects of workplace romances.

The TUC and the Federation of Small Businesses in Wales yesterday both called on employers to take a “sensible” approach to relationships between colleagues.

Having general guidelines in place rather than strict relationship contracts was the best approach to dealing with office romances, they said.

It is estimated almost a quarter of long-term relationships begin in the workplace, and although experts say office romances can boost efficiency and morale among workers, some warn they can lead to fierce disputes and financial penalties if disputes occur as a consequence of the relationship turning sour.

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