What Employers Need to Know About Workplace Mental Health and Legal Liability


While COVID-19 has brought a widespread and growing awareness of workplace mental health, fears of

While COVID-19 has brought a widespread and growing awareness of workplace mental health, fears of legal liability can often stand in the way of meaningful progress. It can be especially difficult for frontline managers to understand how to navigate the best path forward when an employee discloses a diagnosis of mental illness. In the absence of clear guidance and company policies, many managers may not know where to turn or what to do.

As employers are required to provide reasonable accommodations, what is the best way to proceed when an employee makes a disclosure? Three steps are key:

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