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Trending: Requested Accommodations For Mental Health Issues

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, California employers are facing an increase in employee requests for mental health accommodations. To navigate this effectively, employers must avoid stereotypes, engage in the interactive process, and consider accommodations like reassignment or leave. Click here for article.

  • Avoid Stereotypes: Treat mental health disabilities the same as physical disabilities, avoiding stereotypes or discriminatory comments.

  • Engage in the Interactive Process: Work with employees to determine reasonable accommodations, such as modifying duties or adjusting schedules.

  • Consider Reassignment or Leave: If accommodation in the current position isn't feasible, consider reassigning the employee or granting a leave of absence.

  • Evaluate Undue Burden: Assess whether accommodations create undue hardship for the employer, considering factors like cost and impact on operations

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