There will foreseeably be claims of favoritism, or even discrimination or harassment.
When a workplace romance sours, it can expose the company to increased liability, since the connection between alleged actors is easier to establish--essentially giving the plaintiff some good ammunition for his or her case.
This might be for requests for gas money or bus and airplane tickets to travel to visit the victim, medical expenses, education expenses etc.
There are a few different ways to manage this liability.
When it comes to workplace dating policies, here are a few basic options: Generally, policies cover not only employees, but also contractors, vendors, suppliers, manufacturers, and the like.
As the old saying goes "you don't dip your pen in the company ink." In other words, you shouldn't get into a dating or sexual relationship with a co-worker.
But consider this: according to a recent Workplace Options survey, nearly 85% of 18-29 year olds would have a romantic relationship with a co-worker, compared to just over 35% for 30-46 year olds and about 30% of 47-66 year olds.
I tend to sound like a broken record when it comes to company policies.