Employee Wellbeing and the law

Employee Wellbeing matters in law

Work often feels like a bubble that’s not part the rest of the world. Sometimes that bubble feels good and sometimes it feels bad. At worst our workplaces can feel toxic. Bullying, harassment and occupational hazards can all diminish our sense of wellbeing.  In reality, work is not a bubble, we work in a country governed by the rule of law. As such, your employers: the NHS and private practices alike, have a duty of care towards their employees. Healthcare workers have rights embodied by statute and common law. These outline the basic steps that every employer must take to prevent harm from occupational hazards and work-related stress and promote employee wellbeing.

Workplace Legislation

The law pertaining to the workplace can be divided into statute and case law.

Examples of statute that apply to the workplace:

  • Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
  • The Human Rights Act 1998
  • The Data Protection Act 1998
  • The Employment Rights Act 1996
  • The Sex Discrimination Act, 1975
  • The Equal Pay Act of 1970
  • The Race Relations Act, 1976
  • The Disability Discrimination Act, 1995
  • The National Minimum Wage Act, 1998
  • The Working Time Directive, 1999
  • The Employment Relations Act, 1999