What are some proper boundaries when it comes to workplace touching?

Author: Beth P. Zoller, XpertHR Legal Editor

Physical contact, such as touching another person's hair, face, clothes or shoulders, should generally be avoided in the workplace. It is also important to be careful about giving hugs and kisses at work, and it is advisable to stick with handshakes, which are more professional. An employee should be advised to seek a co-worker's consent before engaging in intimate physical conduct that may be interpreted as offensive.