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'Don't ask twice': Facebook and Google staff told not to ask colleagues a second time for a DATE in love at work legal crackdown

February 9, 2018 11:27 AM
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Facebook and Google have warned staff not to ask colleagues out on a date more than once if they are rebuffed the first time.

In a crackdown on workplace romances, staff have been told that if their advances are rebuffed, rules state they are not allowed to ask the same colleague out again.

It comes amid a rise in so-called 'love contracts' or 'relationships at work contracts' - which have become more common at leading U.S. companies to clarify complicated workplace employee dynamics.

They are designed to prevent conflicts of interest, such as when a manager attempts to woo a more junior colleague.

Someone trying to set up a date who is told 'I'm busy that night' could be breaking their contract if they make a second attempt to chat up a workmate, American staff are told.

Heidi Swartz, Facebook's global head of employment law, told the Wall Street Journal that staff must disclose relationships which could lead to a conflict of interest.

However, London-based employment law experts said similar moves would be difficult to enforce in the UK because of the European Convention on Human Rights, and its right to privacy and family life.

Mr Maude explained that he had dealt with one instance where a manager was almost sacked after dating and then breaking up with a junior member of the team.

He said: 'In that case it resulted in disciplinary proceedings - he wasn't fired but he was given a final written warning and was told that it was his last chance.

Adding that he believed sending managers on courses about sexual harassment would be more effective than resorting to 'love contracts' in the workplace.


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