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World Mental Health Day

The news today will be full of stories about mental health, aimed at raising awareness of this critical issue.  Similarly, many companies will be running events to support employees’ mental health, encouraging them to feel comfortable disclosing their any issues and to seek support.  This is all very laudable and forms an important part of … Continue Reading

Mean manager mistreats minion – employer left to pay the cost

A recent decision of the Queensland Court of Appeal (QCA) has set the record straight in finding that an aged care provider was vicariously liable for the belittling and aggressive conduct of its manager, and awarding the worker $435,583.98 in damages for a psychiatric injury. Ms Eaton started work as an administrative assistant for an … Continue Reading

UK High Court gives useful recap on liability for stress-induced psychiatric illness in the workplace (Part 3)

In the first two parts of this series (part 1, part 2) we looked at how the Courts still regard the 2002 judgment in Hatton –v- Sutherland as the definitive statement on the law for liability for stress-induced psychiatric injury in the workplace.  However, although still commanding respect in relation to breach of duty and … Continue Reading

UK High Court gives useful recap on liability for stress-induced psychiatric illness in the workplace (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this piece https://www.employmentlawworldview.com/uk-high-court-gives-useful-recap-on-liability-for-stress-induced-psychiatric-illness-in-the-workplace-part-1/ we considered the requirement of foreseeability as a condition of establishing an employer’s liability for stress-related psychiatric harm.  Here we look at the other main ingredient, a breach of duty by the employer. It is not enough that an employee’s illness is as a matter of medical fact … Continue Reading

UK High Court gives useful recap on liability for stress-induced psychiatric illness in the workplace (Part 1)

Every so often, there comes along a case which becomes the new baseline by which decisions in a particular field are made.  In relation to employer liability for psychiatric illness caused by workplace stress, that case is Hatton -v- Sutherland in 2002, still going strong after 13 years and most recently upheld by the High … Continue Reading

Arizona Lawmakers Propose Paid Sick Leave, Meal & Rest Breaks, and Discrimination Law Changes

Earlier this month, Democrats in the Arizona legislature introduced three measures that would significantly change the legal landscape for Arizona employers.  While none of the bills are likely to be passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature or be signed by newly-elected Republican Governor Doug Ducey, the proposed laws nonetheless have gotten Arizona employers’ attention. Most recently, … Continue Reading

Federally-Required Paid Sick Leave – President Obama Pushes Passage of Healthy Families Act

Although a few states – most notably California – as well as a handful of cities have passed legislation requiring that employers provide paid sick leave benefits to employees, federal law presently does not mandate that employers offer this benefit.  (The federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requires that certain employers provide time off … Continue Reading

Comparing the issues for employers in supporting employees after cancer and with mental health issues

This post is a “conversation” between Barbara Wilson of Working with Cancer and Alex Tambourides, Hammersmith and Fulham MIND.      BW:  I do find it shocking though not surprising that although research shows over 80%  of those  who are working when diagnosed with cancer want to return to work, over 57% have to change their jobs … Continue Reading

Supporting those affected by cancer to return to work

In the UK there are currently over 750,000 people of working age living with cancer.  This represents over a third of the 2 million living with cancer, and with survival rates improving and people retiring later, that proportion is likely to increase. More than 40% of people diagnosed with cancer make changes to their working … Continue Reading

Keeping your employees in the dark about night work in the UK?

The BBC has reported that working at night can have an adverse long term effect on the health of employees. According to scientists at the Sleep Research Centre in Surrey, working night shifts affects the body’s natural rhythm or body clock and can alter hormone levels, mood and brain function. For those without medical degrees, … Continue Reading

Give Me Sunshine Or Give Me Death!

We are in the midst of below-freezing temperatures here in Cleveland, Ohio.  Other parts of the world have been experiencing a blanket of snow for weeks already.  It’s beautiful actually to see the snow sprinkle down and gather on tree limbs…beautiful for about two days, if you don’t have to leave the house and can … Continue Reading

Making yourself heard in termination meetings

I was made redundant yesterday. Several times, actually. As part of a redundancy consultation training session for a client, we ran a series of role plays where unsuspecting managers were faced with some not wholly implausible human behaviours.  I played an employee brought to tears by the at-risk letter and announced mid-way through the first … Continue Reading

Mental health and UK employment law – Part 1

This is the first in a series of posts looking at questions around identifying and supporting employees with mental health issues, when an illness becomes a disability and the interplay between business realities and employment law.    In a banner year for mental health awareness, the profile of the issue rose last week to new heights.  … Continue Reading

It’s tough at the top – the vulnerability of leadership

Throughout my career I have worked with some fantastic leaders. I keep a little notebook where I write down interesting quotes, ideas and thoughts that I pick up from them from time to time. For example, during a recent conversation with a CEO about leadership and performance, I was struck by his attitude towards his … Continue Reading
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