They may fail to consider the potential conflict of interest and the distractions the relationship will bring forward.
Even if workplace relationships are inevitable, they shouldn't take place between boss and subordinate, among coworkers who work directly together, or between an employee and a vendor.
Cultural attitudes toward workplace romances are shifting.
Times are changing, and as companies reach out to hire recent college graduates, employers should be aware of the potential risks.
To avoid this, companies institute various types of dating policy.
No-dating policies generally ban dating between a supervisor and their subordinate.
With a notification policy, the manager the relationship is being reported to must also be required not to disclose the information, to protect privacy. Employers could potentially be barred from banning workplace romances as a violation of the employee's constitutional right to privacy.
This is a written confirmation to management that any relationship taking place between employees is consensual. According to attorney Ray Gallo, writing for the Daily Journal, forcing an employee to chose between their job and their partner would constitute an invasion of privacy, while a requirement to inform the company of a relationship would not.