Covers: the importance of prevention; management of the problem when stress is identified; possible legal action by the employee affected including the High Court's position; and provisions under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Acts 2005 to 2014 focusing on risk assessment and preparation of a safety statement.

Introduction

Employers' liability for workplace stress, bullying and harassment continues to be one of the growth areas in Irish employment law. The obligation on the employer is to identify risk factors and put in place remedial mechanisms, including effective bullying, harassment and grievance policies. There is no absolute duty on employers to provide a stress free environment in the workplace, rather an employer is expected to conduct their business as a reasonable and prudent employer would.

Prevention

Management

Legal action

Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Acts

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