Employers, Are Your Supervisors Prepared for Accommodation Requests for Mental Health Issues?

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

If your answer is anything other than “yes, absolutely,” we should really talk.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects qualified employees with mental health impairments the same as it does employees with physical disabilities—as long as the employee can perform the essential functions of the job and the accommodation does not impose an undue […]

Can I require my employees to get a flu shot?

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Are you singing that ditty on your way to work? No? Well, it’s not holiday time, but it is the start of flu season yet again.

This is on my mind because I got a flu shot late yesterday afternoon, felt like crap, and then went […]

Employers, Retaliating Against An Employee Who Discloses a Disability Is a Sure Way To Get Sued

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

Let’s start with this fun fact: retaliation is the most frequently filed discrimination claim.

Need proof? I’ll provide some statistics from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC):

Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 data shows that retaliation continued to be the most frequently filed charge filed;
retaliation charges comprised 51.6% of all charges filed last year with […]

Manager Training Time!

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

Guess what I’m doing this week?

Nope, not at the beach.

No, no, I’m not sipping a cappuccino at a charming Parisian bakery.

And, no, I’m not holed up in my basement office becoming more Vitamin D deficient by failing to step outside.

I’m TRAINING! What kind of training, you ask? I’m training managers as to […]

Employers, Can You Fire An Employee In Rehab for An Opioid Addiction?

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

As the late, great Amy Winehouse sang:
They tried to make me go to rehab
I said, “no, no, no”
Employers, if an employee seeks leave to go to rehab, your refrain is more likely to be, “yes, yes, yes.”

Why?

If an employee seeks help to treat an addiction, said employee is likely protected by the Americans […]

One State Guides Employers To Establish Workplace Mental Health Standards

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

Did you know that California passed a law last year that establishes voluntary standards for workplace mental health?

No? I didn’t either, and we should talk about this.

What Kind of Law?

Under the law, the state is creating guidelines to help companies strengthen access to mental health care for their employees, put strategies and programs […]

LGBTQ Employees Face A Double Stigma

By:  Amy Epstein Gluck

Last year, when I wrote about destigmatizing mental health issues, I informed you that one in four adults in the U.S. suffer from some type of mental disability.

When we talked about sexual harassment being an epidemic—and this was pre-Weinstein!—I mentioned EEOC-reported testimony that one in four women face harassment in the workplace.

Well, guess what?  One in four […]

Failing To Provide Accommodations for Mental Health Issues Comes At A Price

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

Employers must catch on: mental illness is prevalent in our workplaces.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), approximately 1 in 5 adults —43.8 million, or 18.5%—experiences mental illness in a given year, and of those adults, about 1 in 25 adults in the U.S.—9.8 million, or 4.0%—experiences a serious mental illness in a […]