by Fflur Jones
Originally published: May 8, 2017
Mental health issues are becoming an increasingly talked-about topic, but it can be difficult for employers to identify, support and manage employees suffering from mental health problems.
Some conditions, including those which start as work-related stress, can develop into long-term illnesses and become disabilities for the purposes of the Equality Act, meaning that employees suffering from these illnesses are legally protected from discrimination by their employers.
One of the most important aspects of an employer’s relationship with a disabled employee is the duty to make reasonable adjustments. This is a positive duty imposed on all UK employers, in addition to the more general duties not to directly or indirectly discriminate against employees on the ground of disability.