HR's Roadmap For Workplace Depression: Legal And Practical Strategies For Improving Employee Mental Health

Webinar: ID# 1001842
About This Course:
Employees are working harder than ever, face multiple demands, and can have trouble balancing their personal and professional lives. Personal issues don’t leave employees in the parking lot, and work issues may follow them home. Symptoms of employee depression include a lack of interest, being late or frequently absent from work, abusing drugs or alcohol, bouts of exhaustion, and decreased productivity.

Untreated depression costs employers over $51 billion in absenteeism and lost productivity. It's especially troubling for HR because depression often affects workers during their “prime” work years.

So it’s critical that you proactively evaluate and address how depression affects your employees. But how?

As a technology leader, EMC Corporation is proud of its innovative products and services. Yet the company is also aware of the stressors caused by a 24/7, ‘always on’ workplace. That's why it invests in helping its 48,000 employees become aware of all aspects of their health — both physical and behavioral — and the connections between the two. The company maintains a culture of health that removes the stigmas associated with depression and fosters employees’ abilities to cope with what otherwise could become a debilitating mental health condition.

Join us when the Director of Benefits at EMC will describe the company's programs and ongoing efforts to alleviate/treat depression. A skilled labor and employment attorney co-leads this event, covering important ADA and FMLA-related compliance challenges relevant to managing depression in the workplace.

Successful, strategically-minded HR and benefits professionals, like those at EMC, exert enormous influence on workplace productivity, morale, and overall employee satisfaction. We'll show you how to view depression as something to treat and solve, not conceal and avoid.

Learning Objectives:
  • A global wellness strategy to shape and govern programming objectives, as well as local engagement to identify and address priorities
  • Success strategies for the rollout of companywide EAP programs
  • The role of convenience in today’s environment—and how onsite behavioral health/EAP services can help you achieve a culture of health
  • How to use plan design to encourage usage and promote your initiatives
  • Programs and services that can positively impact or even preempt depressive episodes
  • Important legal compliance issues to consider when managing depression in the workplace, including:
    • the EEOC’s position on employer wellness plans and its proposed regulations
    • ADA/FMLA confidentiality requirements
    • providing leave for treatment and other accommodations for employees with depression

  • And much more!
Register now to learn practical strategies on how to build and manage a workplace wellness program that fosters a culture of health and combats the negative effects depression can have on employees and families.

About Your Presenters:

As Director of Benefits and Programs, Lauri Tenney is responsible for benefits strategy development and execution, communications, compliance, healthcare analytics, and overall management of EMC’s benefits organizations in the United States and Canada. During her 15 years with EMC, she has advanced the company’s benefits strategy to differentiate EMC as an employer of choice, while helping EMC’s 48,000 employees define their wellbeing.

Jonathan Mook, a founding partner at DiMuroGinsberg, P. C. is a nationally recognized authority on the Americans with Disabilities Act and is the author of two treatises, Americans with Disabilities Act: Employee Rights and Employer Obligations and Americans with Disabilities Act: Public Accommodations and Commercial Facilities. He lectures nationally on the Americans with Disabilities Act and other employment law topics. Mook is an editor of the Virginia Employment Law Letter and a member of the editorial board of Bender’s Labor and Employment Bulletin. Mook is a graduate of Yale Law School, and a member of the District of Columbia and Virginia bars. He is presenting at the Advanced Employment Issues Symposium in Las Vegas, November 4-6, 2015, where he will teach a pre-conference workshop, ADA/FMLA Audit Toolbox: Solutions to Leave Administration and Accommodation Challenges, and lead a main conference session, Disabled or Not? How to Evaluate if an Employee Is Qualified under the ADA.
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