New workplace rules may ban handshakes to avoid sexual harassment claims, U.K. HR expert says

Employers could ban all forms of physical touch


MIAMI, Fl. – Handshakes could soon be banned in the workplace in the U.K. as a way to avoid expensive sexual harassment claims.

According to The Sun U.K. News, employers could ban the simple greeting as a way to make sure there is no kind of inappropriate touching between co-workers. 

Kate Palmer, a manager with the human resources consulting firm Peninsula, believes companies could completely ban any physical contact so there are no gray areas, according to WPLG Local 10.

“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?" said Palmer.

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

According to The Sun's report, a recent survey of 2,000 adults showed 3 of 4 people wanted a complete ban on physical contact on the job.