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From the Desk of the HR Manager, October 2014

Posted in Occupational Health and Safety
Melissa Kennedy

Melissa Kennedy is a labour relations, employment and human resources specialist who assists clients with proactively managing compliance, risk and ensuring best practices are in place.

The excitement is building in anticipation of this year’s annual McCarthy Tétrault Client Conference on Friday, November 7, 2014.

The Conference will open with a plenary discussion of Mental Health in the Workplace. As society works to remove the stigma associated with mental health issues, employers grapple with how to identify, address and manage such issues in the workplace. In this session, Paul Boniferro, myself and special guest speaker Dr. Ash Bender will bring together three key perspectives – legal, human resources and occupational medicine – to provide insight and practical advice on this difficult but increasingly important topic.

Dr. Bender is a staff psychiatrist with the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). He is the Medical Head of the Work, Stress and Health (WSH) program which is a multidisciplinary program specializing in assessment, treatment and research of occupational disability. Dr. Bender is also an Assistant Professor with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto and has several publications in the area of workplace mental health.

In order to bridge the gap between the three key perspectives – legal, human resources and occupational medicine – the presentation will focus on the following:

  • Emerging legal issues for employers
  • How organizations can take a proactive approach
  • Communicating with employees about mental health
  • Addressing employee concerns and the accommodation process
  • Special circumstances and challenges for employers

We look forward to seeing you on November 7th!