Romantic relationship in the workplace: what are the rules in Belgium? Companies

Love at first sight at work, a classic! But what rules must be followed in Belgium? Do you need to tell your employer? We tell you everything …

It certainly did not escape you: this 14th of February is Valentine’s Day ! By the way, maybe you have it met your valentine at work ? Or have you hug your colleague and dare not tell him …

Every country – and even every business – has its own rules of love at work. We tell you all about the applicable ones in Belgium.

“An employer can not forbid romantic relationships at work”

One in ten Belgian workers have ever flirted with or fallen in love with a colleague; 7% have been in the same bed at least once; and 6% kissed or had a relationship with someone at work.

It appears from a survey conducted in 2019 on behalf of Tempo Team a service provider HR department specialized in temporary work in Belgium – with a selection of 2050 workers and employers belgiere.

To Catherine Mairylegal expert at Partena Professional, a Belgian entrepreneurial firm, the employer technically can not do not prohibit romantic relationships work. “Everyone has the right to privacy and romantic relationships are a part of it.“, she explains.

Not required to inform his employer

If two colleagues which is part of the same service have a romantic relationship, they are not required to inform their employer. Nevertheless, Catherine Mairy wants it qualify this statement :

Although it is not forbidden to work together when you are a couple, this relationship must not lead to a conflict of interest or certain abuses. To prevent this type of situation, it is important to have clear rules known by everyone in the company.

A romantic relationship between colleagues impact necessarily a team, and each company has its own rules. It is therefore preferable learn more about company policy before embarking on the adventure.

If the employer discover your romantic relationshipor that you admit it to him, the latter may free to one of the two change serviceespecially if there is a conflict of interest or risk of a conflict of interest.

Corn Catherine Mairy specifies that “this change may not be to the detriment of the workers concerned. This will always have to be done by mutual agreement between the employees and the employer.

But if the employer thinks the romantic relationship has influence on the good functioning of the team or company this one has the right to intervene. It adds the expert “It is not possible for a worker to be ‘distributed’ thanks to the romantic relationship he / she has.

Finally, a romantic relationship at work quite possible. But it is best to find out first corporate policy and to ensure that there will be none no conflict of interest Where negative impact on your work.

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It certainly did not escape you: this 14th of February is Valentine’s Day! Maybe you also met your valentine at work? Or have you fallen for your colleague and dare not tell him that … Every country – and even every company – has its own rules of love at work. We tell you all about those in force in Belgium. One in ten Belgian workers has already flirted with or fallen in love with a colleague; 7% were in the same bed at least once; and 6% have kissed or had a relationship with someone at work. This shows a survey conducted in 2019 on behalf of Tempo-Team – a human resources provider specializing in temporary work in Belgium – from a sample of 2050 Belgian workers and employers. For Catherine Mairy, a legal expert at Partena Professional, a Belgian entrepreneurial firm, the employer cannot technically ban romantic relationships at work. “Everyone has the right to privacy, and romantic relationships are a part of it,” she explains. If two colleagues who are part of the same department have a romantic relationship, they are not required to inform their employer. Nevertheless, Catherine Mairy wants to qualify this statement: A romantic relationship between colleagues necessarily affects a team, and each company has its own rules. It is therefore preferable to find out about the company’s policy before embarking on the adventure. If the employer discovers your romantic relationship or you admit it to him, the latter may offer one of the two job changes, especially if there are a conflict of interest or risk of conflict of interest. But Catherine Mairy clarifies that “this change can not cause any harm to the workers concerned. This must always be done by mutual agreement again the employees and the employer.” But if the employer believes that the romantic relationship affects the proper functioning of the team or company, he has the right to intervene. The expert adds that “it is not possible for a worker to be ‘distributed’ thanks to the romantic relationship he / she has.” Overall, a romantic relationship at work is very possible. But it is best to find out the company policy first and ensure that there will be no conflicts of interest or negative impact on your job. Aurore Dessigne

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