In the last month or so there have been three High Court decisions in claims involving occupational stress and harassment. The judgments provide useful guidance both to practitioners dealing with such cases and also to employers on the factors the courts will take into account when determining whether they have discharged their duty of care to employees in the context of stress claims. The cases include allegations of excessive workload and of bullying, the two most common scenarios in stress claims.
Stress and harassment update
Patrick McBrien looks at three recent High Court decisions in the area of occupational stress and harassment