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

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.