Should an employer have a no dating policy?

Author: William Denham, Shortt & Nguyen, PC

An employer should weigh the costs and benefits of having a no dating policy. Many employers have a no dating policy because it tends to avoid claims of favoritism, enhances openness among colleagues, avoids public displays of affection in the workplace and assures a more professional and comfortable work environment. On the other hand, an employer with a no dating policy may lose well-trained, hard-working and otherwise excellent employees in situations where dating has no effect on the workplace (e.g., when the two employees work in different divisions). While there is no definitive answer, it may be best to ban or restrict dating between supervisors and subordinates or at least those in the same department. An employer also may want to consider strongly discouraging dating in the workplace, rather than outright prohibiting it.