Lawyers warn employers to consider their duty of care in safeguarding staff mental health

Over 1.2 million employees suffered from some form of illness during the last year, a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) study has found.

The figures showed that more than half a million of those employees developed a new ailment during that time and that800,000 had already been out of work for over a year due to a newly-acquired illness from their past employment.

Around a third (34 per cent) of the newly-acquired illnesses were musculoskeletal in nature, while almost 46 per cent were related to stress, depression or anxiety.

Commenting on the findings in the report, Emma Simcox-Oliver, head of the industrial disease department at Asons Solicitors, said: "The massive increase in stress, depression and anxiety...

Jean Yves

IICJ

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