Proposed changes by the Conservatives could see people with shorter-term mental health issues protected by disability discrimination laws.
John Bracken and Nancy Goldman-Edwards are trainee solicitors and Chris McAvoy, Lucy Sorell and Rachael Wake are associates at Addleshaw Goddard LLP. They round up the latest rulings.
The High Court decision in Cheltenham Borough Council v Laird highlights the importance of both the wording of pre-employment health questionnaires and their administration.
In Corr (administratix of the estate of Thomas Corr (deceased)) v IBC Vehicles Ltd  UKHL 13, the House of Lords held that the employer of a man who was injured at work and, as a consequence, suffered severe depression that led to suicide, was liable under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 for loss attributable to his suicide.
In Unwin v West Sussex County Council, a teacher whose depression was exacerbated by a short period of negligent treatment by her employers wins limited damages.
In Witham v Hastings and Rother NHS Trust, a former ward sister wins High Court damages after her nursing career was cut short by anxiety and depression caused by occupational stress.
In McDonald/Cross v Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the Scottish Outer House Court of Session dismisses a compensation claim from the family of a man who committed suicide due to work pressures.
In Commissioner of Police v Stunt, the Court of Appeal has rejected a retired police officer's injury pension claim on the basis that his disabling depressive condition was caused not by his police duties but by the strain of undergoing disciplinary proceedings.
In R v Dr Kellam, ex parte South Wales Police Authority and Milton, the High Court says a former police inspector is entitled to an ill-health pension for depression caused partly by victimisation at work.
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