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Posted September 30 , 2010
Psychologically Safe Workplace

Mental Health in the Workplace: A Perfect Legal Storm

CALGARY - Financial rewards for damages caused by mental injury at work have increased over the past five years by as much as 700%, according to a report released today by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC). The report warns that a perfect legal storm is brewing in the area of mental health protection at work, and points to emerging responsibilities for employers to provide a psychologically safe workplace. This is timely, since October is Canada's Healthy Workplace Month and next week is Mental Illness Awareness Week.

The Tracking the Perfect Legal Storm (2010) report has been prepared for the MHCC by Dr. Martin Shain (University of Toronto), an academic lawyer and leading expert in workplace mental health issues. It concludes that employers are confronted with a legal duty to maintain not only a physically safe workplace, but also a psychologically safe workplace.

According to Shain, the pressures of the modern workplace can lead to common mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety and burnout, which can sometimes be characterized as mental injury. Courts and tribunals are scrutinizing behavior that may cause mental injury to employees and legal actions are being taken in seven key areas of law, including human rights tribunals and Occupational Health and Safety Law. These factors are converging to form what Shain calls a perfect legal storm.

Read the report and summary.

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