Psychiatric injury in the workplace: Directions for cases involving stress or bullying

Butler, Desmond A. (2006) Psychiatric injury in the workplace: Directions for cases involving stress or bullying. Torts Law Journal, 14(2), pp. 124-134.

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The High Court in Koehler v Cerebos (Australia) Ltd considered the liability of an employer for psychiatric injury from stress in the workplace. In so doing, it commented not only on foreseeability of psychiatric injury from stress, but also on the conduct of actions for an alleged breach of the employer's duties in relation to the employee's workload. This case informed the decision in New South Wales v Mannall, which concerned psychiatric injury from bullying in the workplace. This note considers both of these cases and suggests directions for cases involving other types of workplace bullying.

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ID Code: 18402
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: negligence, psychiatric injury, nervous shock, employer liability, workplace
ISSN: 1038-5967
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Tort Law (180126)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Law and Justice Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 LexisNexis
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Deposited On: 02 Mar 2009 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:20

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