Tag Archives: stress

UK: proposed reforms to fitness for work, statutory sick pay and mental health protections

An independent review of mental health at work, commissioned by the Prime Minister, has been published. The Stevenson/Farmer review calls on employers to adopt six mental health core standards covering mental health at work plans, employee awareness and open communication, … Continue reading

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Filed under Jurisdiction: UK, Working hours (including holiday, sick leave, overtime, rest breaks), Workplace culture, diversity and discrimination (including bullying and harassment), Workplace Health and Safety

UK: Discipline – raising non-urgent or trivial concerns while an employee is on stress-related sick leave may amount to constructive dismissal

Employers should consider carefully whether it is necessary to raise disciplinary concerns with an employee while they are absent on stress-related sick leave, or whether they could defer doing so until the employee's return. Raising concerns which are not serious … Continue reading

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Japan: Employers to offer stress checks to workers

From December 2015 amendments to Japan’s Industrial Safety and Health Act will require employers regularly employing 50 workers or more to offer an annual stress check to employees. This will include staff on secondment to overseas offices. Workplaces with fewer … Continue reading

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UK: New resources

Acas small employers' guide on handling staff pay Acas guides explaining the rights to leave for attending antenatal and adoption appointments and on surrogacy NICE guidance to help employers improve the health and wellbeing of employees

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Japan: New measures to prevent death due to overwork

The Government has enacted legislation to promote measures to prevent death due to overwork. Japan is notorious for its overtime working culture. Karoushi (literally, death due to overwork) is a common phenomenon among Japanese working men. There are generally two … Continue reading

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UK: Reasonable adjustments for disability – employers may need to pay for private counselling to assist return to work

Employers may need to consider paying for an employee with work-related stress and depression to have private psychiatric counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy recommended by a clinical psychiatrist. The EAT in Croft Vets Ltd v Butcher considered that it was … Continue reading

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UK: New resources – July 2012

CIPD and HSE free stress management tool designed to help equip managers with the skills to manage positively and prevent stress in their staff. Updated Acas redundancy handling booklet, providing more in depth advice on the role of the individual … Continue reading

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