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‘Spare' Us The Details? Maybe Not: An Employers Duty To Inquire

Duty to Inquire
It's hard for me to take off the labour and employment lawyer hat. I view everything through a certain lens.

Even as an avid Royal watcher, I was initially quite critical of Prince Harry and thought of him as a disgruntled employee who had quit his job, yet strangely thought he should retain his salary and benefits. Then, as I read his memoir "Spare" I considered what an employer's obligations would have been in an ordinary workplace with respect to Harry's mental health issues.

Harry describes himself as "alternating between periods of extremely debilitating lethargy and terrifying panic attacks."

"My official life consisted of going out in public, engaging in discussions, debates and giving interviews, and suddenly I found myself almost incapable of doing these basic functions," he says. He goes on in his book to self-diagnose himself with post-traumatic stress disorder, which came on after his return from Afghanistan in 2013.

Had Harry been an ordinary employee exhibiting these symptoms at work, it may have triggered the duty to inquire on the part of his employer.

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