Strategies for Successful Accommodation of Employees with Mental Illness

The Conference Board of Canada, August 22, 2017
Recorded Webinar
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Are you struggling with understanding how or even why to accommodate employees with mental illness? You are not alone. Employers have a legal duty to accommodate employees with mental health issues. Yet, every week in Canada, 500,000 employees are off work because of mental health. It is often environmental or attitudinal barriers keeping them out of the workplace. For those who continue to work with a mental illness, they could be struggling with their performance. Failure to understand the needs of employees with mental health limitations and how to accommodate them perpetuates stigma, is discriminatory and can result in unnecessary absence and potential legal action.

As with a physical disability, with appropriate accommodation, employees with mental health needs can be productive and contribute to the success of the organization. Having a strategy to address accommodation through all stages of employment is essential to meeting your legal duties and is a key ingredient in providing a psychologically healthy and safe workplace for all employees.

Webinar Highlights

In this session, participants will learn about:

  • How the duty to accommodate applies to employee mental health
  • How to understand accommodation needs of employees with mental health limitations
  • Key strategies for accommodating employees with mental health issues through all phases of employment
  • About Elizabeth Rankin-Horvath

    Elizabeth Rankin-HorvathElizabeth Rankin-Horvath, President and Founder of Hale Health and Safety Solutions Ltd., is an Occupational and Psychological Health and Safety Specialist, Integration Coach and Speaker. During her 20 year career Elizabeth has developed a clear understanding of the link between mental health, occupational health and safety, and business outcomes. She has helped organizations successfully integrate OH&S systems and improve their disability management programs, resulting in significant reductions in injuries, illnesses and claims costs. She was the CSA Group Project Manager on the development of the National Standard of Canada on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace and now helps organizations create psychologically healthy and safe workplaces where employees and the organization can flourish.

    Elizabeth is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional, a member of the Human Resources Professionals Association and member of Board of Directors for the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering -Toronto Chapter.

    About Norm Keith

    Norm KeithMr. Keith is a partner in the law firm Fasken Martineau, in their Toronto office. Mr. Keith is the leading occupational health and safety (OHS) lawyer in Canada. He advises and represents employers, officers and directors, and managers regarding OHS/WSIB compliance, accident investigations, and litigation across Canada. He has successfully defended hundreds of OHS prosecutions at trials and appeals. He has written many of the leading texts in the OHS field, including Canadian Health and Safety Law, Canadian Emergency Management and Response Manual, and Workplace Health and Safety Crimes (3rd Edition), dealing with the Bill C-45 amendments to the Criminal Code. Mr. Keith was the first practicing lawyer in Canada to earn the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) designation. He is a highly sought after lawyer, speaker and trusted advisor by employers, business associations, bar associations, universities, and risk management conferences.

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