What Is Love Contract Policy?

Many career and relationship experts say that employees should avoid going into a romantic relationship with a co-worker. However, who are we to stop two employees from falling in love? But at the same time, relationships in the workplace can cause potential problems, especially when the romance is over.

For instance, one of the partners on a former romantic work relationship would charge his or her ex for sexual harassment. That causes problems because it would affect how your company is perceived. To prevent this, some organizations introduced the Love Contract to their employees.

What is a love contract?

A love contract is a document signed by two employees who are involved in a consensual dating relationship. It declares that the relationship they have was created by consent and would make arbitration the only grievance process available to those involved in the office romance. The love contract may also include guidelines on appropriate work behavior for the dating couple.

This set of guidelines, called love contract policy, aims to limit the liability of the company in case the romantic relationship between two of their employees ends. The love contract eliminates the possibility of being sued for sexual harassment, as it relieves the organization from any liability during the time when the dating couple was still dating.

What to do without a love contract?

Not all organizations have love contracts, but those who do not are also aware about the problems what would create. This is why managers and employees would attend sexual harassment training. For these companies, romantic relationships between employees are not part of their business unless the relationship fallout would affect the workplace.

Meanwhile, managers are not allowed to become romantically involved with nor even date reporting staff member. Doing so would have the manager report to Human Resources and would be offered to change jobs in the company, that is if a position is available.

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