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Lords' ruling means employers need to look for signs of stress

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    Barber v Somerset County Council [2004] IRLR 475 HL (5 other reports)

    • Case round up

      Date:
      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

      Date:
      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

      Date:
      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

      Date:
      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.

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

      Date:
      27 April 2004

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

A landmark legal ruling by the House of Lords has put the onus on employers to keep up-to-date with what causes occupational stress and the effectiveness of any precautions they may take.

The ruling, in the case of Barber v Somerset County Council, has also made it clear that being unsympathetic to complaints of occupational stress or having autocratic or bullying leadership could count against an employer.