Added: Lord Prall - Date: 04.09.2021 10:07 - Views: 12359 - Clicks: 9912
So just how feasible is it to fall in love with a fellow colleague or manager?
Why should we have to choose between our professional personas or following our hearts and being truly happy? Discreet office relations it came down to it, what would you do — go with being happy, but being discreet, marching up to HR to make your announcement known, or avoiding an office romance at all costs? Will my employer have a problem with this?
Check your contract and staff handbook, and make sure you understand any specific policies in your company. Speak to your union if you think the rules are over the top or intrusive. Try to keep your love life separate from your work life as far as possible and try not to let any problems with your partner spill over into work activities. Do I have to? Everyone is entitled to a private life and having a relationship with a colleague should not be a sacking offence. If you have been sacked just because of the affair, and have sufficient service, then you can make a complaint of unfair dismissal to an Employment Tribunal.
It is also unlawful for employers to treat women or men less favorably because of their sex. If only one of you is being asked to leave because of the affair, then you may also have grounds for a sex discrimination claim, regardless of how long you have worked for your employer. The implication is that your employer is then no longer liable for the conduct of either of you.
Everyone is entitled to a private life, even while at work, and if your company is trying to get you to an agreement which restricts workplace relationships, this may contravene your rights under article 8 of the Human Rights Act of Companies can, and do, develop HR policies which specify rules for relationships at work. But there is a difference from requiring staff couples to behave in a professional manner whilst at work, and banning relationships altogether.
This is bad HR practice and only likely to make staff keep relationships secret. A policy this draconian may conflict with the Human Rights Act, which ensures the right to a private life, even when at work.
If you found yourself dismissed as a result, and you have sufficient continuous service with your employer, you could bring a claim in an employment tribunal for unfair dismissal. Is this a sack-able offence? An employer could well view this as gross misconduct, and a reason to dismiss you immediately. If you are summoned to a disciplinary meeting about this, make sure to discuss your options with your union rep if you have one.
They are entitled to accompany you, and can plead your case. This kind of policy seems to have become more common in the last few years, requiring employees to notify their manager of any relationships that start at work.
The idea behind it in most cases is to make management aware of possible conflicts of interest. If a staff member and their line manager become an item, for example, there is the potential for favouritism in promotion or performance reviews.
There are also questions about how enforceable it would actually be. At what stage should you declare it — on the first date, or after your engagement party? If you are dismissed for not revealing a relationship, you may have a case for unfair dismissal at an employment tribunal though be sure to promptly take proper advice before any legal action. Relationships in the workplace — do you know your rights?Discreet office relations
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