Discussing mental health with your employer – What protection is available to you?
An article in the Lancashire Telegraph from the 7th April 2016 suggested that only 34% of workers in Lancashire who have suffered from mental health problems have talked to their manager about these issues. The article mentions that ‘the survey of 1,388 workers commissioned by the Willis PMI Group found that the biggest reason for this is that they believe it might impact upon job prospects.’
In some circumstances, workers with mental health problems will be protected from less favourable treatment and harassment from their co-workers and their employer under the terms of the Equality Act 2010, however, in certain circumstances the worker will not be protected unless their employer knew, or ought reasonably to have known about the worker’s condition. Unlike many of the workers surveyed in the above study therefore, sometimes discussing problems relating to ill health at work (both physical and mental) can be an important step to take to ensure that such workers are protected under the current discrimination law.
Here at Southerns we are able to assist by considering your circumstances and what protection might be available for you at work and supporting you where matters become difficult or complicated. We are also able to advise employers on their obligations and managing issues relating to ill health in the workplace. Contact our Employment Law Team on firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to discuss matters affecting your health at work or that of your employees.