379. Work-related stress.

An employer's duty of care to his employee1 extends to the employee's psychiatric well-being. Thus where an employee suffered from a stress-induced mental illness as a result of pressure of work, and the employer failed to relieve that pressure when the employee returned to work, the employer was held in breach of the duty of care when the employee suffered from a recurrence of the illness2.

In 2002 the Court of Appeal, hearing four cases together in order to provide guidance as to the principles to be applied to claims relating to stress at work, concluded that there were no