Niki Walker, managing associate at Addleshaw Goddard, details the latest rulings.
Things continue to go badly wrong in the waste sector, even at an HSE "good practice" case study organisation, reports Howard Fidderman.
The Court of Appeal has held that it was fair and just to hold the Roman Catholic Church vicariously liable for the sexual abuse of a boy perpetrated by one of its priests. The vicarious liability arose out of the close connection between the sexual abuse and the priest’s employment.
In Dickins v O2 plc  IRLR 58 CA, the Court of Appeal held that the employer was liable for damages for the employee's work-related psychiatric injury because its response to her obviously mounting stress was inadequate.
The Court of Appeal has upheld a county court decision to award damages for psychiatric injury due to excessive work-related stress.
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.
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