Why Is Addressing Mental Health at Work Crucial?
Despite the fact that with each passing year mental health at work awareness seems to become more prevalent, the average worker continues to struggle with their mental health. A recent report reveals that around a third of Canadian workers take time off work as a result of mental health issues. To add to this, around half a million Canadians take time off work each week as a result of mental health, meaning that this is also a serious issue facing employers.
It is conducive to employees’ and employers’ success that mental health issues both at work and as a result of work are dealt with appropriately and effectively. Although medical leaves are protected in Canada, in that workers cannot be dismissed as a result of their having taken a medical leave, these leaves, if they last longer than a few days a year, are often unpaid. At the same time, employers do not benefit from these employees’ contributions during this time.
Currently, the law says, if you are an employee facing such challenges, you have the right to take leave for treatment and recovery without fearing retaliation or termination. Employers must provide reasonable accommodations and support during your leave. They also have a legal obligation to create a safe and healthy work environment for their employees. In most cases, this also includes preventative measures, such as implementing policies and procedures that address mental health concerns at work and providing resources for employees seeking assistance.
How can you seek legal advice and assistance regarding your rights in the workplace?
Navigating the legal landscape of mental health in the workplace can be challenging for both employers and employees. Employers need to strike a balance between supporting their employees’ mental well-being and running a competitive business. We at Whitten & Lublin are happy to provide insight and advice into your specific circumstances. If you are looking for employment lawyers and would like more information about what Whitten & Lublin can do for you, please contact us online or by phone at (416) 640-2667 today.
Author – Carson Healey