Two years after #MeToo: is there a case for banning relationships at work?
Richard says that:
The way firms handle these matters has changed so distinctly it is as if there has been a [new Statute]”
“Some companies will inevitably take the view that they have to do everything they can to make sure such [relationships] do not happen”
“once [changes to the] SMCR [come] into force (from 9 December 2019) companies are likely to become even more jumpy about workplace relationships”
“There may come a time when you will need to get written consent before you can start a relationship… that [would be] part of the price if you want to be involved with a colleague”
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Richard acts for corporates, organisations and senior individuals in relation to employment matters of all kinds. These include confidentiality and restrictive covenants, executive pay, bonus and severance arrangements, unfair dismissal, discrimination, whistleblowing and redundancy programmes. He is frequently asked to advise in situations involving allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace following the rise of the #MeToo movement, and the cases that have followed.
Richard is a well known commentator on employment law issues, appearing often in the Press (The Times, The Financial Times, People Management, HR Magazine, Personnel Today etc) and on TV/ Radio (BBC, ITV, Sky and Radio 4).
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