Employment Tribunal Stats Regarding Mental Health claims.
From 1st April 2016 – 31 March 2017: 88,461 cases were registered with ACAS
From 1st April 2017 – 31 March 2018: 109,685 cases were registered with ACAS.
Estimates for 2018/2019 in excess of 150,000
On the 27th July 2017 The supreme courts of the UK abolished Employment tribunal fees with reference to ACAS charging employees to make a claim against their employer, a rise was imminent as the figures above show.
Waiting times before ACAS responds have risen from 4 weeks to in excess of 12 weeks and an additional 54 judges were recruited to deal with the backlog.
Read more about delays here: http://bit.ly/2W27vJp
A recent case where the employers got it wrong.
Female and Male menopause now protected under the Equality Act 2010
Probably the biggest and most notorious case in 2018 was the case of Mandy Davis v The Scottish employments Tribunals courts.
Mandy was an employee of the Tribunal Courts. Her case won a landmark hearing when the courts ruled in her favour to say she had been unfairly dismissed as the symptom of the menopause which she was going through constituted a disability. Her case placed the Female and Male menopause safely under the protection of the Equality Act.
Ms Davis received £14k compensation, plus an additional £5k was awarded for injury to feeling and it was ordered her position to be reinstated. A Legal fine of up to 50% to be paid to the Exchequer Legal costs.
Read the full court papers here. http://bit.ly/2BpGq9o
How can employer’s help get it right?
Mental Health Solutions In Business has the answers.
There are estimates that UK businesses can save up to £8bn annually by implementing better mental wellbeing support in the workplace.
The benefits of talking about mental health can make a significant difference, but many people don’t know what to say or are fearful of saying the wrong thing this is where we step in.
- Staff training: Our training courses cover mental health awareness for employers and employees and our courses cover a section on” How to have that difficult conversation”
- Appointing a Mental health ambassador for the company.
- Placing posters around the building alerting people who to go to for help are available on our web site.
- Having proper policies and procedures in place, written down and available to staff
- Have Adam and Eve days, dedicated day for men’s or woman’s wellbeing concerns.
- By encouraging a mental health culture of openness around disabilities in the workplace.
- By knowing the red flags and signs that might indicate a reasonable adjustment is needed, without being asked to provide it.
- By reading all the latest updates on the changes happening within the Equality Act and having a membership with us which will advise and make employers aware of disability updates.
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The following simple but practical guidelines will help all employers implement robust practices, policies and procedures.
- Appoint one or several people to do our online CPD accredited course on Mental health awareness in the work place.
- The course can be taken at both parties convenience. You can track your employees progress via your admin portal.
- Posters can be downloaded allowing the necessary contact details to be put on and placed around the building.
- When this person is contacted, depending on the size of your organisation, they will listen to the concerns of the individual and help decide the right course of action or advise on reasonable adjustments. A : The nominated person can have the authority to make the decision with reference to the employee needs. B: The nominated person can then to refer to someone higher up in the organisation for authority before any decision can be made, then the employee can be contacted again with a plan to help them.
If this results in a recommendation for counselling. Direct them to www.tosps.com which is our 24/7/365 Counselling portal to provide instant counselling.
SAVING TIME, SAVING MONEY
Employees are a businesses most expensive asset. With our simple but practical solution the employee can participate on our online course to suit, at the convenience of both the employer and employee.
We will provide you with access to online counselling for all your employees via our secure online counselling clinic website www.tosps.com.
TRAINING COURSES: Our Courses Are Rolls Royce. Why? Click here to read more
All our online training courses are CPD (continuing personal development) accredited and range from a basic level to advanced. We will get your membership off to a good start by providing you with some free but very comprehensive online courses for your staff.
POSTERS & CERTIFICATES.
All members can download their membership certificate, thus giving them access to a wide range of posters to place around the work place.
See here for poster and certificate examples.
Changes in Law.
Our website is constantly updated with all relevant changes in the law and this information will be e mailed to you.
A unique code number enables the employers to give all employees a discount of 10% off all counselling sessions. and 35% off all additional courses.
Further benefits click here benefits page.
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Our solution to the Equality Act is simple. There is no other company offering the same advantages and benefits at such affordable prices. See here for membership prices.