Mental Health in the Workplace: Resources for Employers
May is Mental Health Month, a good time for employers to learn about successful practices to promote good mental health among employees and assist those who may have mental health conditions. Check out the resources offered by the Center for Workplace Mental Health and the Disability Management Employer Coalition, as well as accommodation ideas for workers with mental health conditions from the Job Accommodation Network.
This article reports on the status of employer-sponsored wellness programs in light of court decisions on rules issued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Following the EEOC's release of rules under both the ADA and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), the AARP sued the agency, claiming that the rules were ill-considered and that wellness programs could not reasonably be considered voluntary if they were based on the level of allowable financial incentive (employers would be allowed to penalize workers up to 30% of the cost of their health insurance premiums if they decline to participate in wellness programs that require medical testing or disclosure of personal medical information).
The EEOC was ordered to reconsider its rules, but has yet to begin the process. This article outlines options employers may consider if they have, or are considering adopting, wellness programs in the meantime.
Employers, more than ever, need to pay attention to the accessibility of information and communication technologies (ICT) they use for workplace processes, from recruitment to the administration of employee benefits. Employees with different roles and responsibilities will require different types of training. For example, staff in procurement need to understand how to obtain accessible products from vendors. Staff in human resources and public relations need to understand how to make online job applications accessible.
The Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT) has compiled lists of suggested training resources based on categories such as leadership, human resources, procurement, information technology, web development, marketing, and legal.
This new publication is designed to train facilitators to guide individuals in identifying their own ideal conditions for employment and achieving outcomes that are successful for both employees and employers.
This article reports on a recent presentation from the National Employment Law Institute (NELI), and several cases that illustrate challenging issues, such as how much leave should be granted as a reasonable accommodation, requests from employees to work at home, requests to eliminate irritants or smells in the workplace, and addressing performance standards.
This article highlights the successful career of Kathy Martinez, and her ongoing efforts to promote employment and independence for people with disabilities.