Canadian Employers and the Mental Health Commission of Canada's National Standard
It goes without saying that mental health is a growing concern in our country. Every Canadian is directly or indirectly affected by mental health issues through friends, family or colleagues at some point in their life. Mental illness does not discriminate. It affects people of all ages, educational and income levels, and cultures. It's estimated that 20% of Canadians will personally experience a mental illness in their lifetime. Mental health issues also greatly influence employees' productivity and retention. Ultimately - keeping employees psychologically happy and healthy is incredibly important!
The Mental Health Commission of Canada is the governing body that ensures good psychological health and safety in the workplace for all Canadians. In January 2013, the Mental Health Commission launched its' National Standard which acts as a set of guidelines, tools and resources aimed at promoting employees' psychological health and preventing psychological harm due to any workplace factors.
Some of the key topics covered in this resource included understanding the diverse needs of the organizations population so that the needs can be properly addressed, ensuring the employer maintains confidentiality, infrastructure and resources to support the system, as well as education, awareness and training. Louise Bradley, President and CEO of the Mental Health Commission of Canada says, "It's time to start thinking about mental well-being in the same way as we consider physical well-being and the Standard offers the framework needed to help make this happen in the workplace." It's certainly time for us to put a spotlight on mental health issues in the workplace and aim to better ourselves.
The question is-- what kind of impact could the standard have on disability insurance and disability law in Canada in the future? The guidelines set out by this organization have the potential to be used as a reference point when evaluating the claims adjudication process on psychologically disabled claimants. While we don't know what the future holds, since the standard's launch, dozens of employers from all sectors have been implementing the Standard and Canadian Employees are already beginning to see the benefits. Have you noticed a change?
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A note from our long term disability lawyers
Taking a medical leave from work is not an easy decision to make. Concerns about providing for yourself and your family and keeping your job may cause you to want to push through your pain, but this won’t make your problems go away. Stopping work is often the smartest decision for your long term health and well-being, and your disability benefits are there to provide you with financial support until you can return to work.
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We understand that things have not been easy for you over the last little while. Your health has been suffering, you are unable to work, and now your insurance company, who was supposed to be there in your time of need, has decided they will not pay your disability benefits or respect your disability claim. These benefits exist to provide you with the financial support you need so that you can focus on your health and rebuilding your life. It is unfortunate that your insurance company has not lived up to its promise. If your disability claim has been denied, we will fight to get you the benefits you are entitled to. Our disability lawyers have helped thousands of Canadians get their long term disability benefits over the past 35 years, and we can help you too.
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If you are unable to work, your disability benefits should be there to provide you with the financial support you need. While your insurance company may be focused on finding ways to avoid paying your claim, our focus is on what is in your best interest. When Share Lawyers gets involved, you have an entire team of lawyers that are there to support you and to fight for what is yours.
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In this video, we explain the role of a long term disability lawyer and how we can support you when you have been denied your long term disability benefits.