Whyley & McDonald Discuss Mental Health Accommodation in the Workplace


Two MLT Aikins labour and employment lawyers, Shannon Whyley and Paul McDonald, have been asked to present as part of the Conference Board of Canada’s 2018 workshop series on “Leading Mentally Healthy Workplaces.”

On Tuesday, April 17, Shannon Whyley will present in Saskatoon.

Her presentation, titled “How Are Your Employees? Accommodating Mental Illness in the Workplace,” will explore the non-physical injuries, illnesses and addiction-related disabilities that exist in Saskatchewan workplaces. It will address ways of approaching the stigmatized topic, ways employers should treat employees with mental illness, medical information that can be requested as well as employee privacy rights. The session will also navigate through an employer’s legal obligations and provide success stories and failures on the part of employers when dealing with mental illness.

On Thursday, April 19, Paul McDonald will present in Winnipeg.

His presentation, also titled “How Are Your Employees? Accommodating Mental Illness in the Workplace,” will provide an overview of legislative and common practice obligations in Manitoba as well as how human rights laws and the duty to accommodate influences how employers should treat affected employees. Paul will discuss employers’ legal obligations and ways in which they can maintain compliance with them. Like Shannon’s presentation, Paul will close with past success and failure stories of employers who chose not to implement or to altogether avoid these practices in their own workplaces.

Event Details

Saskatoon
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
1–1:45 p.m.
Delta Bessborough (601 Spadina Crescent E, Saskatoon)
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Winnipeg
Thursday, April 19, 2018
1–1:45 p.m.
Fort Garry Hotel (222 Broadway, Winnipeg)
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About the Workshop Series

Poor mental health and mental illness are driving increasing costs associated with employer-sponsored drug plans, intermittent absences and short-term and long-term disability. Mounting challenges for employers also include increased coverage for workers’ compensation for mental health related issues and increases in the number of mental health human rights claims. The Mental Health Commission of Canada’s ground breaking National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace has paved the road for employers looking to address mental health issues in their workplace. Prevention and early intervention are key.

During the event, managers, supervisors and HR practitioners will:

  • Learn more about The Conference Board of Canada’s research in this area.
  • Discover new online tools for both employers and employees to help support workplace mental health.
  • Learn how total health drives employee resiliency and other innovative coping strategies for employees and best practices for managers to support employee health.
  • Hear from experts that can assist in addressing your organization’s specific challenges.
  • Network with peers—share new approaches, insights and challenges.