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Legal Advice: Stress at Work

What can you do about stress at work?

If you are suffering from stress or depression you may not realise that there is a legal requirement for employers to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate employees at work who may be suffering from depression or another psychiatric illness. 

Employers also have a legal requirement to assess and to minimise the risk of stress induced illness or injury to employees from a health and safety perspective.

Employees with stress and depression

Employers can address stress and potential depression caused by work in a number of ways, including: carrying out an audit; using return to work interviews and procedures; training managers in particular in regard to the causes of stress at work; how to identifying symptoms and how to address things such as workloads.

What is too much for an employee to handle at work?

An important distinction is made between abnormal pressure that is beyond a worker’s ability to cope as opposed to normal pressures at work, which an employer is entitled to expect people to handle without adverse effect.  So the more senior and experienced you are the more an employer is entitled to expect, particularly if there are certain times of the year where longer hours and pressures are an inevitable part of the way in which the employer operates.

Advice about dealing with stress at work

If you have any questions about stress at work, you can call to speak with one of our expert Employment Law solicitors today.  We have three main offices in Leicestershire, feel free to call or you can make an appointment to see us at your local office, by clicking on the links below.

Speak to an employment law solicitor:

Leicester call us on 0116 254 8871.

Hinckley call us on 01455 639 900.

Market Harborough call us on 01858 467 181.

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