Legal Argument

There is no specific legislation that defines or directly deals with the issue of stress in the workplace, except for those dealing with pregnant and nursing mothers. However recent case law has established stress as a health and safety issue, and it therefore predominantly falls under the guise of the:

  • Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
This coupled with an increase in the expectations of the HSE has meant employers have greater legal responsibilities than ever before regarding work-related stress. Personnel Today concluded that “the Health and Safety Executive's unprecedented decision to order an NHS trust to improve the way it tackles stress should ring alarm bells for employers”. Amity can help in explaining the law and links between stress and legislation, and exactly what is required of your organisation to comply. We can also outline the consequences of failing to act, which includes unlimited fines by the HSE, enforcement notices and the resultant negative publicity, as well as an increased possibility of staff compensation claims.


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