Updated: Apr 23
This came out in the news today where "an employer could face liability for a suicide where an employee's mental health had been 'brutalised' at work " - The Australian. Under new laws in Victoria, "an employer could be held liable if an employee commits suicide as a result of workplace bullying and if the employer was aware of the abuse and didn't take action to reasonably guard against or respond to the conduct".
I can imagine that this will take off around the country - potentially a law may be brought in where an employer could be held liable if an employee suffers from a mental health disorder, known to the employer and the employer does nothing to support them.
Health & Safety never use to be legislated and it was down to the employer to make necessary arrangements to ensure the safety of their employees. Much like Mental Health today. However today, Health and Safety is an integral part of the workplace.
This goes back to my post I did on LinkedIn yesterday "So many companies are working on perfection around this that they end up being subject to analysis paralysis!"
How are you making Mental Health a cultural change within the workplace, reducing your risk of being fined millions of dollars or jailed?
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Source The Australian 30 October 2019