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The “right to disconnect” in France – there is more to this than you might have read

If you’ve been compulsively checking your works email throughout the holiday season, why not take the opportunity to relocate to France? Since January 1 this year French workers have had the “right to disconnect” outside work hours, say all the Press reports, but the reality is slightly different. The new law lays down no absolute … Continue Reading

Bad medicine – the dangers of contacting an employee during sickness absence

It is a common issue facing employers; you want to start or take next steps with a grievance or disciplinary investigation. To do the right thing you want to meet with the employee to discuss your concerns but the worker is on sick leave or goes sick, often citing work-related stress.  Can you contact the … Continue Reading

Speak now, don’t forever hold your peace – getting the best out of National Stress Day

Today is National Stress Awareness Day, though another long and difficult journey on Thameslink this morning means that actually I am quite stress–aware enough already, thank you for asking. This is not another of those pieces about the business case for countering sources of stress in your workplace.  That is too obvious to bear repetition.  … 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

Stress-induced racism – really?

When George Orwell wrote perhaps his best-known book, 1984 was still thirty-five years in the future and thoughtcrime merely a dramatic device to highlight the prospective horrors of a society which would punish for what you thought as quickly as for what you did.  Now 1984 is thirty years in the past, and thoughtcrime surely … Continue Reading
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