The impact of divorce and separation on employees

In a co-authored article for Today's Family Lawyer, BLM's head of Family Law, Grainne Fahy and Head of Employment, Julian Cox have addressed how divorce and separation can impact an individual at work when it comes to their wellbeing.

Divorce is emotionally draining, stressful and anecdotally, comes second in terms of bereavement in terms of impact on a person's wellbeing so can be an incredibly hard journey for someone trying to navigate it whilst continuing to work in the same way.

So why is it that employers are not engaging in policies to deal with divorce and separation? Grainne and Julian's article answers that very question.

Grainne says: "The actual impact in business will probably never be fully quantified, though it is said that productivity can decrease by as much as 40% and this isn’t surprising. Of course, one must look at the bigger picture and canny employers will acknowledge that it won’t be forever. Given that wellbeing is and should be so much more important these days than ever before, should it not be that employers pay this the attention it so rightly deserves?"

And, from an employment law perspective, Julian commented: "Employees going through separation or divorce have a number of potential employment claims that provide some measure of protection faced with such challenging circumstances including unfair dismissal based on poor performance, constructive dismissal, disability discrimination based on stress, anxiety and depression or personal injury for psychiatric injury."

To read the full article on the Today's Family Lawyer website click here.

Disclaimer: This document does not present a complete or comprehensive statement of the law, nor does it constitute legal advice. It is intended only to highlight issues that may be of interest to clients of BLM. Specialist legal advice should always be sought in any particular case.

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