Wellbeing and The Law

There are several examples of legislation that have the potential to impact the issue of Wellbeing in the workplace, including;

  • Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
  • Disability Discrimination Act 1995
  • Fatal Accidents Act 1976
  • Protection from Harassment Act 1997
  • European framework directive 89/391

Whilst none specifically refer to Wellbeing, it is clear that employers are open to claims from employees if they fail to take the necessary steps to provide for their duty of care to employees.

No employer surely wants to put themselves in a position where they have to fight a claim – it is costly, time consuming and sends out a very poor message to other employees, customers and shareholders.

The answer is awareness, sensible policies and procedures, training and prevention – developing strategies that lead to increased individual resilience, wellbeing and performance.