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Managing Burnout in the Workplace by Catherine Cotter, Nancy McCormack

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6

Burnout: the legal perspective

Abstract:

This chapter discusses the law as it relates to burnout and stress in three jurisdictions: Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Emphasis is given to issues surrounding workers’ compensation, with less focus on occupational health and safety. In the United Kingdom context, there is also a discussion related to directives as mandated by the European Union.

Key words

burnout

stress

post-traumatic stress

mental injury

Canada

United States

United Kingdom

jurisprudence and legislation

workers’ compensation

occupational health and safety

Introduction

Inevitably, when a job makes an employee so ill as to suffer burnout, something has to give. A person may take sick leave, leave the job, or ...

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