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Case round-up: liability for stress; and contract workers

This report relates to 2 case(s)

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    Barber v Somerset County Council [2004] IRLR 475 HL (4 other reports)

    • Case round up

      1 June 2004

      Our resident experts at Pinsents bring you a comprehensive update on all the latest decisions that could affect your organisation, and advice on what to do about them

    • Barber v Somerset County Council

      1 June 2004

      In Barber v Somerset County Council [2004] IRLR 475 HL, the House of Lords held that the Court of Appeal had erred in allowing the employers' appeal against the finding of the judge in the County Court that the employers were liable for the claimant teacher's psychiatric illness brought about by the stresses and pressures of his workload.

    • Lords uphold Barber stress appeal

      1 May 2004

      The House of Lords has upheld an appeal by former teacher Leon Alan Barber against a Court of Appeal decision in 2002 that quashed the damages he had been awarded for stress. The Lords awarded Barber £72,547.

    • Lords remind employers of stress duties

      1 May 2004

      The House of Lords has overturned the decision in one of the four cases that made up the landmark Court of Appeal Sutherland judgment on work-related stress.

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    Gray and another v Canada Life Ltd [2004] All ER (D) 36 (Jan) EAT (0 other reports)

This week's case round-up by Eversheds, covering: employers' liability for work-related stress; and employment status of contract workers.

Stress review

Barber v Somerset County Council, House of Lords [2004] UKHL 13

In 1995, Barber, a teacher, was employed as a head of department in a school. Changes at the school resulted in a new role for Barber, but he found the changes and increased hours very stressful.