You will recently have seen in the news that the CEO of McDonald's has been dismissed after news of his relationship with an employee came to light. The well-known restaurant chain confirmed he had been dismissed for violating company policy.
Although there are no general legal rules preventing or governing relationships at work, the collision between the private and public spheres can be problematic from a management perspective and presents various legal and practical concerns for employers.
It is now common for employers to want to regulate personal relationships in the workplace. Without any relevant policy in place to cover the situation, the mere fact of a workplace relationship will not be a reason to discipline an employee (although inappropriate behaviour linked to the relationship may be). A policy which sets out what the employer expects in such situations is likely to be the best defence against future problems.
Read the full BBC article here - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/business-50283720
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