By Adeola Ademola Esq
Mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, and stress, are common, affecting individuals, their families and co-workers and the broader community. In addition, they have a direct impact on workplaces through increased absenteeism, presenteeism, reduced productivity and increased costs.
As adults, a large percentage of our time is spent in the workplace and this makes our experience at the workplace predictive of our over-all wellbeing. The Common Law position is that employers of labour owe their workers a duty of care and this is inclusive of provision of safe equipment, safe place of work and access to it, safe system of work and to prevent accident, and to generally preserve the safety of the employee. The laws in Nigeria do not directly address the issue of mental health in the workplace as well as the liabilities of the employers of labour. I would however make an attempt into examining this issue from a global legal perspective. Read more