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Occupational stress and the laws in selected jurisdictions

Ali Mohamed, Ashgar Ali and Ishan Jan, Mohammad Naqib and Ahmad, Muhamad Hassan and Hussain, Shahadat (2018) Occupational stress and the laws in selected jurisdictions. The Turkish Online Journal of Design, Art and Communication (TOJDAC), September 2018 (Special Edition). pp. 3027-3039. ISSN 2146-5193 E-ISSN 2146-5193

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Abstract

In the contemporary modern and globalised world, it is common for the majority of employers to draw a great attention to the productivity of the workforce rather than the employees working capability and physical and mental conditions. Businesses and industries have always been striving towards maximising profit and minimising the cost. As a result, employees of uncountable organisations suffer from the alarming occupational stress in catching up with the respective schedule of productions, shipments and services. The question arises here is that whether there should be some regulatory measures to relief the occupational stress of the workforce? Accordingly, this article examines the laws relating to the occupational safety and health in selected jurisdictions, namely, Malaysia, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and New Zealand in order to evaluate whether these laws protect workers’ mental health. It is found that the existing legislations on occupational health and safety in the selected jurisdictions do not explicitly address on the emotional and mental health of employees. Therefore, authors propose that a specific legislation is warranted to regulate occupational stress closely and carefully in order to provide better work-life balance to the workforce.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 2924/66912
Uncontrolled Keywords: Occupational Stress, Work-related Stress, Mental Wellbeing, Occupational Health, Work-life Balance
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws > Department of Civil Law
Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws
Depositing User: Dr Ashgar Ali Ali Mohamed
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2018 16:15
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2018 16:15
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/66912

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