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Office Behavior: How Touchy Is Too Touchy?

Posted by Frank Steinberg | Aug 04, 2006 | 0 Comments

Whatever you may think about the now infamous backrub that President Bush gave to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, it has some people talking about how much physical contact is appropriate in the workplace. Forbes.com has a recent article that defines three acceptable touch zones: upper back, forearm, and wrist. But even these are not free from controversy. Some think they're too lenient, others too strict.

So what's a business owner to do? One answer: get sexual harassment training for your employees. It's good, cost-effective insurance against harassment lawsuits. And it will help to define appropriate standards of conduct in your business and contribute to a more harmonious workplace.

About the Author

Frank Steinberg

Frank is the founder and principal of Steinberg Law, LLC. A Jersey boy born and bred, he focuses on employment litigation and counseling, business litigation,  and aviation law. Following law school and a clerkship in the federal district court Frank spent his early career with large litigation ...

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