Higgins-Williams v. Sutter Med. Found., 237 Cal. App. 4th 78 (2015) - Michaelin Higgins-Williams worked as a clinical assistant in Sutter’s Shared Services Department. Higgins-Williams reported to her treating physician that...more
Employee's Inability To Work For A Particular Supervisor Does Not Constitute A "Disability" -
Higgins-Williams v. Sutter Med. Found., 237 Cal. App. 4th 78 (2015) -
Michaelin Higgins-Williams worked as a clinical...more
Question: We have an employee who claims she has a mental disability involving stress and anxiety caused by working with her supervisor, and she has asked for a different supervisor as an accommodation. This doesn’t seem to...more
Mental injury claims, often stemming from workplace stressors, are on the rise and can create major headaches for employers. Understanding the relationship between stress in the workplace and resulting mental and physical...more
Navigating an employee’s claim of stress-related disability continues to challenge employers. Recently, the California Court of Appeal provided helpful guidance for employers when an employee claimed to be unable to work...more
The inability to work under a particular supervisor because of anxiety and stress related to the supervisor’s standard oversight of job performance is not a disability recognized under California’s Fair Employment and Housing...more
In Higgins-Williams v. Sutter Medical Foundation, the Third Appellate District relied upon the repeatedly challenged holding of the First Appellate District in Hobson v. Raychem Corp. (1999) 73 Cal.App.4th 614 (“Hobson”) that...more
Employers often encounter challenging questions regarding their duty to accommodate employees who are diagnosed with stress, anxiety, or other mental health conditions that allegedly impact job performance absent...more
In Easton v B&Q Plc  EWHC 880, the High Court considered whether an employer was liable for an employee’s psychiatric injury caused by work-related stress.
Easton had been a high performing manager at B&Q for 10...more
Workplace stressors: Hong Kong According to a 2015 global employment study by Regus, two-thirds of Hong Kong respondents complained of feeling “more stressed”. When considering the causes of stress in the workplace, Hong Kong...more
How managers can help employees avoid unreasonable workplace pressure, which can lead to unethical behavior. A few of my recent focus groups with employees reminded me of a national survey that examined the sources and...more
The Eleventh Circuit in Skye v. Maersk Line, Ltd.
held seamen cannot recover for work-related stress under the Jones Act.
Is work-related stress starting to take its toll? ...more
Last week you probably struggled more than usual to harness your happiness and find joy in the workplace. The TV and print media, blogs and Twitter were filled with the devastating news surrounding the Boston Marathon...more
Feel free to call me out for shamelessly piling on veteran broadcaster Brent Musburger. But by now, you know that issues arising under the Family and Medical Leave Act are part of the American fabric as much as baseball and...more
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