Catharine Geddes: Workplace romance – what employers need to know

With Valentine’s Day today, those looking for love may not need to look any further than the peripheries of the office. A survey referred to on the ACAS website has found that three quarters of employees have considered a romance in the office and more than half have actually embarked on a relationship with a…

Catharine Geddes: Maternity leave – keeping in touch or cut off?

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has recently told the BBC of her “fight” with Whitehall officials when she took her second bout of maternity leave back in 2004. In an interview on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, she commented staff had been “very unsupportive” and had to fight to keep in touch with developments. Ms…