Can I sue my employer for stress and anxiety?

Work-related stress and anxiety are caused, or made significantly worse, by a person’s work or working environment. The conditions are typically attributed to several factors, including time-related pressures, workload, general unhappiness, bullying and harassment. Every year, hundreds of thousands of… Read on

How to manage employee anxiety in the workplace

Employers have a duty of care with respect to the health and safety of their staff. This includes workplace stress and anxiety. The law also prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the grounds of a protected characteristic. One of… Read on

Discrimination and hidden disabilities at work

The Equality Act 2010 states that a person is ‘disabled’ if they have a physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out daily activities. ‘Hidden disabilities’ can fall into this… Read on

What are reasonable adjustments at work?

Employers have a legal duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure equality for disabled people in the workplace, under the Equality Act 2010. This occurs where an employee is classed as disabled under the Equality Act and is placed at… Read on

Covid hygiene in the workplace

As an employer you have a duty of care to your staff and third parties under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and under common law. This includes taking reasonable steps to protect your workers and others from… Read on

COVID-19: advice for employers

We are receiving a large number of enquires relating to the coronavirus outbreak. Below is some of the advice we are providing. If you would like us to draw up policy guidelines for your business, or if you are dealing… Read on

Ill health dismissal: does the ACAS Code apply?

The ACAS Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures does not apply where someone is dismissed from work purely due to ill health. This means employers can dismiss someone for sickness without following the process recommended in the ACAS… Read on

Are trigger points for sickness absence dismissals lawful?

The latest ruling from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) suggests that intermittent sickness absence thresholds, which allow employers to dismiss staff once a  trigger point has been breached, are potentially discriminatory against disabled employees. Background Many employers operate sickness… Read on

Dismissal for ill health: does ACAS Code apply?

The EAT has recently confirmed that the ACAS Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures does not apply where a dismissal has been purely for health reasons. Background The ACAS Code says that it applies to dismissals for conduct… Read on

Duty to adjust sickness policy?

The Court of Appeal has recently considered whether sickness absence policies that apply equally to disabled and non-disabled employees can be capable of putting disabled employees at a disadvantage. If not, then no reasonable adjustments would be required. Background This… Read on