30 November 2023
According to Stress Statistics UK, 79% of workers say they frequently feel work-related stress. Whilst a little bit of stress can be helpful, by providing the impetus to get a particular project done or have a difficult conversation, too much can be harmful to an employee’s health, wellbeing and performance at work. Generally, however, the duty to make reasonable adjustments is not usually applied; stress isn’t a disability on its own or so it was said before the employment tribunal (ET) case of Phillips v Aneurin Bevan University Local Health Board (2023). Now, employers are on notice that there is yet another reason to deal with stress in the workplace and that’s the Equality Act 2010’s prohibition of discrimination on grounds of disability, and duty to make reasonable adjustments for a disability.