February/March 2018 (vol. 14/5)

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Expert Witness: Mental health in the workplace

Understanding the law


Understanding the law

The law with respect to mental health at work has developed over many years. OH professionals should be aware of the relevant health and safety and employment legislation and the decisions of the courts. Diana Kloss explains.

Employers’ duties towards their employees in respect of their mental – rather than physical – health have recently come to prominence. In October 2017, Dennis Stevenson and Paul Farmer’s review of mental health and employment, Thriving at work1, argued that the UK is facing a mental health challenge in the workplace, which has implications for individuals, society, the economy and government. ‘Employers are losing billions of pounds because employees are less productive, less effective or off sick,’ they wrote.


Diana Kloss is a barrister, former part-time employment judge, Acas arbitrator and author.


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Occupational Health at Work February/March 2018 (vol. 14/5) pp35-37

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