Tag: mental illness

Reasonable Accommodations for Mental Illnesses

Most HR teams are aware of their responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act (ADAA). They understand that they’re required to utilize an interactive process when configuring reasonable accommodations for anyone who qualifies and that many conditions, including mental health conditions, easily qualify.

Have ‘Stranger’ Leaves Been Approved? FMLA Lessons from Netflix

While binge-watching everyone’s nostalgic guilty pleasure, Netflix’s Stranger Things, I could not help but empathize with single mother Joyce Byers (played by actress Winona Ryder). Her prepubescent son, Will (Noah Schnapp), was abducted by a monster (the Demogorgon) and sent to a parallel universe (the Upside Down) populated by dog-like monsters. During Will’s disappearance, apparent […]

Addressing Mental Health and Avoid Major Losses

Research conducted by the World Health Organization shows that the U.S. economy loses around $1 trillion per year in lost productivity due to mental health disorders and illnesses. Another study by Mental Health America saw correlation among workplace environments, employee satisfaction rates, and mental health.

Questions and answers on accommodating employees with mental disabilities

by Jonathan R. Mook The following article answers some common questions about the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) recently promulgated guidance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and mental health conditions. Q Why should employers review the EEOC’s mental health guidance?  A If they haven’t already dealt with the issue, many employers will be […]

9 steps employers can take to address mental illness at work

By Eowynne Noble Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a common type of depression, often arises when the daylight hours get shorter, according to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, a leading Canadian hospital. With the winter months upon us, many of us will experience the winter blues, but for some the blues may be a […]

Are coworkers out to get paranoid employee?

by J. Steven Massoni Mental impairments are some of the most challenging disabilities to accommodate. Read on to learn about how one company managed a difficult situation with an employee who suffers from a mental health disorder and how your company should respond in similar circumstances.  Imagine this Kenneth Tyler has worked for the company […]

Mental health parity regulations take effect January 13

The final regulations implementing the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 will become effective January 13. The Act requires group health plans that offer mental health or substance use disorder benefits to ensure that those benefits are equivalent to the medical and surgical benefits offered by the […]

Accommodating Mental Illness

By Alix Herber and Hadiya Roderique In Canada, employers have a duty to accommodate individuals suffering from a disability to the level of undue hardship. In the case of an employee with a physical disability, it often can be relatively straightforward to identify accommodations that can be implemented. In contrast, the accommodation of mental illness […]