Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper told the BBC of her “fight” with Whitehall officials when she took her second bout of maternity leave back in 2004. In an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, she reportedly said staff had been “very unsupportive” and had to fight to keep in touch with developments.
Cooper was the first minister to take maternity leave in 2001 and commented that the Department of Health was at that time, very supportive. However, upon taking time out to have her third child in 2004, she felt “cut off” by the Department for Communities. But how far do employers need to go to keep in touch with their employees? Where are the lines between cutting off, keeping in touch and harassing?