Stress at work is highlighted in these times of economic turmoil. But what are your rights and what practical steps can you take?
A report last week from the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development highlights that public sector workers are three times more likely to suffer with time off work for stress than private sector employees. This is against the background of other studies that have shown one in five of people in the UK suffers with work related stress, with half a million people reporting that they have become ill as a result.
The legal obligations of an employer
So what exactly are the legal obligations of your employer in relation to stress at work? Well, there is no specific law aimed at workplace stress, but employers do have duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act to ensure the health, safety and welfare of their staff. In addition, employers have duties under common law (non-statute) to take reasonable steps to ensure your health and safety at work.
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