Workplace Mental Health - Developing a Structured Approach
Irish Legislation: Mental Health and the Workplace
It is important for employers and employees to know about their legislative rights and responsibilities in relation to mental health at work. Two of the most relevant pieces of legislation are The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 (SHWW Act) and the Employment Equality Acts 1998-2015. Under Section 19 of the SHWW Act employers are obliged to carry out a risk assessment and advise employees of the outcome.
Reasonable Accommodation for Mental Health Risks.
The application of equality legislation to people with mental health difficulties is broad. The following mental health difficulties have been found to be included within the definition of disability: Depression, reactive depression, stress, anxiety and depression, severe generalised anxiety disorder, alcoholism, claustrophobia, agoraphobia, schizophrenia, anorexia, stress, work related stress. Employers are now obliged to provide reasonable accommodation for employees with disabilities.
Learning objectives: Those attending this presentation will learn about the following
- Explaining the evolution from duty of care to reasonable accommodation and the implications for employer liability.
- How to conduct a behavioural risk assessment for all risks, including mental health and disabilities.
- Reasonable accommodation for employees with disabilities.
The Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) Institute announces that all of its certified courses will be offered in an online format in 2020/2021. Details on website from the 1st August 2020.