A recent High Court finding in Easton v B&Q plc, found that the employer is not liable for psychiatric illness caused by occupational stress unless the injury was ‘reasonably foreseeable’ by the employer. The Judge said that an employee who returns to work after a period of sickness without requesting any adjustments is usually implying that they believe themselves to be fit to return to the work they were doing before.
The case involved changes to working practices which the employee claimed caused his illness. Change can be very stressful to certain individuals and it is important that employers communicate closely with affected employees.
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