Employment: Early warning system
As recent cases show, employers may face serious consequences if they fail to take proper action to prevent injurious stress in the workplace. Paul Griffin and Emma Sinclair look at how they can minimise vulnerability to claims
Stress-related absence from work and resulting litigation is a growing problem. Research by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has revealed that about half a million people in the UK experience work-related stress at a level they believe is making them ill. An employer’s liability for work-related stress impacts on different areas of employment legislation, but usually arises under the tort of negligence or disability discrimination legislation.
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