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In: Workplace Mental Health

Esther Schwald , Co-Founder and Director

Hi again, welcome to our short video bytes on hot topics in mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.
In our discussion with organisations across the globe, beyond the moral imperative – there is a growing understanding of the need to effectively manage the business risk of mental health issues in the workplace.

Critically, part of doing this is understanding and appropriately applying the legal responsibilities a business has in relation to mental health conditions.
However, it can be tricky to understand how various parts of the law apply to mental health and the workplace.

Typically, there are six areas of law that are important for leaders and managers to both understand and correctly apply.  These are various state and federal laws such as:

1. Workplaces health and safety acts;

2. Discrimination legislation;

3. Industrial law such as in Australia the Fair Work Act;

4. Privacy obligations;

5. Reasonable adjustments; and

6. Inherent requirements

It´s vitally important that organisations, executives and leaders are aware of their respective obligations under these laws.
To learn more about this topic and how we can help your leaders to better manage mental health conditions in the workplace, visit our website at thementalheathproject.com.au and read our article – “Are you meeting your workplace mental health obligations?”.

If you or someone you know needs help contact your organisation´s Employee Assistance Program (EAP), your GP or call:

LifeLine on 13 11 14

Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800

MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978

Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467

Disclaimer: The information provided is not intended to be legal advice and should not be interested as such. Individuals should seek appropriate counsel from relevant HR and legal personnel if they do not feel that they have the applied knowledge for lawfully managing mental health issues in the workplace.  In addition to the information provided, it is important to be fully aware of all the relevant legislations and requirements in your specific jurisdiction and your organisations applicable policies and procedures. The information in this video is for general information only.  It is not intended to be and should not be relied on as a substitute for specific medical or health advice. While every effort is taken to ensure the information is accurate, The Mental Health Project makes no representations and gives no warranties that this information is correct, current, complete, reliable or suitable for any purpose. We disclaim all responsibility and liability for any direct or indirect loss, damage, cost or expense whatsoever in the use of or reliance upon this information.