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.
Good practice guidance discussing what employers can do to deter stress and, where employees experience stress, rehabilitate them, including by promoting psychological wellbeing.
This week's case of the week, provided by DLA Piper, covers negligence.
By introducing policies and procedures on absence management, and heightening employee awareness of stress and bullying issues, the GMB union's Yorkshire and North Derbyshire region reduced sickness absence rates from 7.3% to 1.3% over an 18-month period.
Training to cope with stress and mental health is available via the Wellness Works project, set up with the help of lottery funding; our case studies of the providers and end-users demonstrate the positive impact this training is having on employees.
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.
A supportive approach to health and wellness at industrial gases supplier BOC has helped to ease stress during periods of change, reduce absence levels and ensure the loyalty of staff.
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.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to employee health (depression).