New Workplace Rules May Ban Handshakes to Help Avoid Sexual Harassment Claims

Handshakes could be banned under new workplace rules to avoid expensive sexual harassment claims, an expert has said.

Kate Palmer, an associate director of advisory at HR consultancy Peninsula, said employers may ban all forms of physical contact to avoid confusion about what kind of touch is appropriate.

Ms Palmer added the #MeToo movement has forced employers to think about implementing more “black and white” policies.

She told the Metro: “Some employers may put a complete ban on physical contact.

“Whether that’s going too far or not is a question I would pose, because it’s contextual. Does shaking someone’s hand go too far?

“They may just say ‘no contact at all’ because there’s no grey area.”

She said a handshake is “probably safe” unless an employer bans it, then it is a rule that needs to be followed.

It comes as three out of four people want a complete ban on physical contact in the workplace, according to a recent survey of 2,000 adults by Totaljobs.

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SOURCE: Alahna Kindred
The Sun