Time to update workplace romance rules?

It's been five years since the #MeToo movement raised awareness about sexual harassment in the workplace. Many employers amended their policies governing romantic relationships.

Few companies put a total ban on workplace romance, but many prohibit supervisor-subordinate relationships. Some merely require disclosure.

Such cases, however, keep coming. Most recently, Jeff Zucker, president of CNN, stepped down after failing to disclose a romantic relationship with a subordinate, as company rules require.

CNN's policy states, "To avoid a conflict of interest, employees must not hire or supervise someone with whom they have a personal relationship. And if you are in a position to influence the employment of someone with whom you have a personal relationship ... you must inform HR."

Practically speaking, these are your options for regulating romance:

* Bar all workplace romances.

* Bar relationships in which one party reports to the other.


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