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Guidance Outlines Requirements to Accommodate Employees With Mental Health Conditions

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released guidance detailing employers’ legal obligation to accommodate employees with mental health conditions such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Reflecting the EEOC’s stance on mental health protections under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the guidance seeks to inform employees and employers of these protections — including employers’ responsibility to protect employees with mental health conditions from discrimination and harassment, to make reasonable accommodation in the workplace and to protect employees’ privacy and confidentiality. Additionally, the guidance clarifies that an employee’s limitations due to a mental health condition need not be permanent or severe to be covered under the ADA.

CHA member hospitals interested in learning more about providing holistic support for employees — including psychological and emotional support for work- and non-work related behavioral health needs — are encouraged to attend the Hospital Employee Safety and Worker’s Compensation Seminar on March 22 in Sacramento and March 30 in Costa Mesa. For complete program information, visit www.calhospital.org/hospital-employee-safety-workers-comp.

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