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News 5 - 10 October 2019

Published 11 October 2019

This weeks news editorial glances at a variety of current issues.  Firstly we will take a look at World Mental Health Day and the Health and Safety Executive’s guidelines for both employers and employees.  Then we will take a look at a smattering of recent Employment Tribunal cases with issues ranging from ‘whistleblowing’ to protected conversations and their admissibility in court.

The 10th of October recognises World Mental Health Day a global awareness raising day.  To raise awareness about mental health issues in the workplace the Health and Safety Executive have provided invaluable information from both employers,(1)  and employees (2)  with a specific attention being drawn this year to suicide prevention.

In a brief look at some relevant caselaw this week, the recent Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) case Miss Okwu vs Rise Community Action the EAT maintained current case law standards, by sustaining the premise that, an employee who makes a disclosure partly out of self-interest may be protected as a whistleblower if the employee also reasonably believes the disclosure to be made in the public interest. More specific details and a link to this case can be found here.(3)    

Finally, two cases shed some light on disability discrimination and protected conversations respectively. Firstly in the case of Parnaby versus Leicester City Council the EAT has provided clarification on the definition of ‘long-term’ in disability cases for more details see here.(4) Secondly, in the case of Harrison versus Aryman Ltd the EAT has provided further clarification of what constitute ‘exceptions to the normal principle of inadmissibility’ where ‘protected conversations’ and their use at Employment Tribunal are concerned.(5) 

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