Mental illness is more prevalent than people may realise and employers will find themselves facing a number of issues (legal and otherwise) that arise because of mental health, whether it is because an employee has a pre-existing condition or because an employee has developed a condition throughout the course of their employment.
In all situations, employer should have at the forefront of their minds, their duty to take reasonable care to provide a safe system of work (which is derived from both common law and statute) and the need to create a mentally healthy workplace that does not contribute to, or aggravate an employee’s existing or developing condition.
In this paper, Alistair Macpherson delivers a paper discussing the issues of privacy, a safe system of work, discrimination and compensation in the Workplace. This paper was delivered on 6 March 2015 for a specific audience and has been tailored for general use here. You can access the full paper here.
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