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Accommodating Employees with Depression: The latest research and caselaw

Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm EDT



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Moderators


Mihad Fahmy

Union Counsel

Jon Chapnick

Senior Advisor, Workplace Mental Health
University of British Columbia

Speakers


Sean Kelly

Employer Counsel
Stewart McKelvey
Kristine Barr

Legal and Legislative Representative
Canadian Union of Public Employees (Manitoba Regional Office)
Dwayne Van Eerd

Scientist
Institute for Work & Health

Issues

Despite its prevalence, employers, unions, and co-workers are often at a loss to help employees with depression. Employees experiencing depression may be hesitant to seek help because of the stigma that still attaches to mental health conditions, or they may not even realize the extent of their depression or its impact on their work. Workplace parties interested in overcoming the hurdles to effectively dealing with depression in the workplace will benefit from this session featuring an expert account of the latest research on supporting employees with depression and analysis of the latest caselaw dealing with this complex issue.

Recognizing depression and helping employees stay at work:

  • What is the effect of depression on an employee's ability to work and on the workplace as a whole? What role do workplace policies and culture play in mental health, the development of mental illness, and recovery from mental illness?
  • What role should the workplace play in early recognition of employees experiencing depression and assisting such employees in obtaining professional help? What can be done to foster a workplace culture that reduces stigma and encourages employees with depression to seek help and accommodation?
  • How can supervisors or union representatives broach the subject of mental health with employees without violating employees' privacy rights or exposing themselves to claims of discrimination on the basis of perceived disability?
  • Given that performance problems are often an early sign an employee is experiencing depression, does the employer have an obligation to inquire as to whether depression is contributing to such problems before implementing a "performance improvement plan" or disciplining an employee? Should unions routinely ask about potential mental health problems when members come to them with complaints about performance improvement plans or discipline?

Accommodations, sick leave, and return to work

  • Should employees be encouraged to stay at work with modified hours or performance expectations while they wait to receive assistance from specialists? How and when should accommodations be reviewed?
  • Does an employer's duty to accommodate extend to paying for treatment proven to be effective in helping employees with depression stay at work?
  • When should employees be placed on sick leave instead of being offered accommodations to stay at work?
  • What role does communication play in ensuring that an employee, absent due to depression, returns to work? What is the difference between supportive and unsupportive communication – or between appropriate communication and harassment? What must be done to respect an employee's privacy rights?
  • What accommodations are most likely to help an employee return to work and stay at work? What accommodations would constitute undue hardship?
  • How can employers and unions respond to co-workers' questions or comments about accommodations, modified hours or modified duties, or absences without violating the accommodated or absent employee's privacy?

Accreditation

CPHR Alberta

CPD hours for this event can be logged online, through your CPHR Alberta member profile.


HRPA Continuing Professional Development

This program has been approved for 1.5 continuing professional development (CPD) hours under Section A3 of the Recertification Log of the Human Resource Professionals Association.


HRMA Continuing Professional Development

This audio conference has been approved by the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of British Columbia and Yukon (CPHR BC & YK) for 1.5 Continuing Professional Development hours.


Lancaster House CPD
  • This audio conference has been approved by the Law Society of New Brunswick for 1.5 Continuing Professional Development hours.
  • CPD for Members of the Law Society of Ontario: 1.5 Substantive Hours; 0 Professionalism Hours.
  • This audio conference has been approved by the Law Society of British Columbia for 1.5 Continuing Professional Development hours.
  • Members of the Law Society of Saskatchewan should contact their Law Society regarding CPD approval.
  • Members of the Nova Scotia Barristers Society may count this program for 1.5 Continuing Professional Development hours.

Additional Information

MATERIALS
Valuable, up-to-date materials and case summaries will be available for downloading from our website. Each audio conference is accompanied by a PDF of concise summaries of the cases discussed.

REGISTRATION FEE
Live Session – $255, plus HST
Live Session for 2 or more (Boardroom fee) – $510, plus HST
Bundle Rate – Purchase a Live Session and receive the companion MP3 Recording for $155, plus HST
MP3 Recording – $255, plus HST
(Registrations must be paid in advance of the audio conference)
Contact us for discount pricing on the entire series.

AUDIO FILES
Audio conference MP3 files are available for $255. Those who have purchased the live audio conference may purchase the corresponding downloadable audio MP3 file for the discounted price of $155.

The recorded MP3 file and materials are available for download one business day after the live audio conference. After purchasing, you will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to access and download the audio conference MP3 file and materials by visiting My Account and selecting Order History. For audio file purchases for upcoming audio conferences, once the MP3 file is available through our site, registrants will receive an update e-mail informing them that the links are now ready.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION
When you register, you'll be given a toll-free number to dial at the time of the session and an access code to join the call. For additional program and registration information, call Lancaster House at (416) 977-6618.

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