In a recent Employment Appeal tribunal case called Croft Vets Ltd and others v Butcher, the Tribunal found that where an employee, as a result or work-related stress, suffers from an illness such as depression or anxiety, the scope of reasonable adjustments an employer might be expected to make includes funding psychiatric treatment or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
Reasonable adjustments must be job related. The Employment Appeal Tribunal has determined that where the primary cause of the illness is workplace stress, psychiatric treatment for this illness is therefore job related. Failure to provide such support, especially following recommendation by a GP, leaves Employer’s open to constructive dismissal claims on the basis of a failure to make reasonable adjustments.
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