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Stress and Employer Liability

Law & employment series

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, Wimbledon, United Kingdom
Published: 1st Jun 1996
Dimensions: w 156mm h 234mm
ISBN-10: 0852926154
ISBN-13: 9780852926154
Barcode No: 9780852926154
Employers have always paid a huge (but largely invisible) price for overloaded, "stressed-out" employees in terms of absenteeism, labour turnover and even low productivity. Today, they increasingly face litigation as well. Yet, there are ways for organizations to adopt a positive, pro-active approach to improving their workers' quality of life while avoiding the risk of costly lawsuits. This book examines in detail: major sources of stress - constant change, job insecurity, unclear or conflicting work roles, poor communications and difficult relations with colleagues; the law of negligence and liability for foreseeable stress-based injuries caused by the working environment; employers' responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act and subsequent regulations; employment protection legislation and claims for unfair or constructive dismissal; discrimination, harassment and compensation for injury to feelings; sample cases, often based on allegations of bullying, that solicitors are bringing against employers; and preventive measures and remedial techniques, such as counselling and stress management programmes.

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