The number of massive compensation payouts awarded for stress by the county courts could be slashed following a Court of Appeal ruling.
When staff return from sick leave due to stress the onus is on the employer to ensure their workload is appropriate, the Court of Appeal has ruled, by Nicholas Moore.
The onus is on the employer to ensure workload is appropriate when staff return from sick leave due to stress, rules the Court of Appeal.
Continuing our regular series on the implications of recent significant cases. Debra Gers, associate solicitor, the human resources group, at Eversheds, looks at the issues.
This week's case roundup from Eversheds, covering stress claims and holiday pay funds.
Continuing our regular series on the implications of recent significant cases. Sue Nickson, partner and head of employment law at Hammond Suddards Edge, looks at the issues, including equal pay, stress and clear covenants.
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 Sutherland v Hatton, the Court of Appeal heard four appeals against county court judgments, related only by their subject matter. In each, a defendant employer appealed against a finding of liability for psychiatric illness caused by stress at work.
In Sutherland v Hatton and others, the Court of Appeal strips three victims of work-related stress of damages, upholding the employers' appeals against county court judgments. In their judgment on 5 February 2002, Lady Justice Hale, Lord Justice Brooke and Lord Justice Kay also took the opportunity to lay down guidelines for claims for occupational stress cases.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to employee health (mental health).