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The Law and Psychology of Mental Health Issues at Work: Substance Abuse, Depression and the Bermuda Triangle of the ADA, the FMLA and Worker's Comp

90 Minutes
6 months
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$195. One Participant

Recorded Version: Unlimited viewing for 6 months ( Access information will be emailed 24 hours after the completion of live webinar)


This workshop helps HR professionals understand how to navigate the difficult and often murky challenge of dealing with "invisible disabilities." To make matters more confusion, the recent amendments to the A.D.A. have a significant impact on the rights of mentally employees as well as the responsibilities of employers.

This practical workshop address both the legal and psychological issues that often arise, such as confidentiality, fitness for duty evaluations, when and why to drug test, the relationship between conduct problems and mental illness, and how to directly address mental health problems with managers and employees.

Why you should attend: Rrisk of litigation if psychiatric disabilities aren't handled correctly, mental illnesses are one of the most treatable disorders but only a third of individuals who have them get help, this costs organizations millions of dollars each year,

Areas Covered In the Session:
  • How the ADA, FMLA and Workers' Comp intersect
  • When do conduct problems become mental illness?
  • What do you say to a depressed employee?
  • What protection do alcoholics and substance abusers have under the A.D.A.
  • How to handle threats and other disruptive behavior
  • The 5 biggest mistakes managers make in managing mentally ill employees
  • What do you do when an employee talks of suicide
  • How to handle an employee who comes back from rehab
Who will benefit:
  • Chief Human Resource Officers
  • Senior Management Team
  • HR Managers, Directors, and Administrators
  • Supervisors
  • Employment Managers
  • Training Director

Dr. Joni Johnston is a licensed clinical/forensic psychologist, private investigator, and CEO of WorkRelationships, an employee relations consulting firm. Since 1991, she has conducted hundreds of workshops and trained thousands of managers and HR professionals on how to deal with employee conduct issues - from dress code violations to offensive behavior investigations to workplace violence.

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