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Mental Illness in the Massachusetts Workplace: Don't Ask? Don't Tell?

Today, many Massachusetts residents with even the most serious mental illnessesDiscrimination 15.jpg are capable of working in mainstream, competitive jobs. Thanks to a new generation of drugs, the acute symptoms of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression can be controlled for many patients, so that many persons with these disorders are able to hold full-time jobs. The new drugs cannot, however, cure mental illness, and many individuals continue to experience residual symptoms of their disorders. At work, they face a dilemma: Should they tell their employer about their diagnosis? Will disclosure result in support and job accommodations, or stigma and discrimination?
A new study, sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health, is investigating this topic. The study aims to discover how employers and workers can talk about mental illness in ways that result in more successful work outcomes.

Disclosure is the path to employer-provided job accommodations.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (1990, 2008) mandates that employers provide reasonable accommodations to workers with disabilities who are otherwise capable of performing the essential functions of their jobs. The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) cites the following example of a reasonable accommodation for a worker with serious mental illness:

Infograghic: #MeToo: Facts About Sexual Harassment in the Massachusetts Workforce

The #MeToo and Time's Up Now movement is sparking much debate across the country, and your Massachusetts workplace is no exception. But just how prevalent is sexual harassment in companies across the U.S.? The infographic below highlights key findings from a recent CareerBuilder survey. 

Massachusetts Property Owners Must Comply With The Lead Laws

Do you own multiple-family dwelling units in Massachusetts ? Are you consideringLead hazard.jpg entering the market as an owner? If so, you must be familiar with the Massachusetts Lead Paint Law (Lead Law).The Lead Law is a robust policy designed to protect children.

Massachusetts Allows Employers to Legally Discriminate Based on Weight

While popular culture continues to perpetuate the notion that "fit" is preferable toDiscrimination and Prejudice.jpg "fat," few people are aware that it's legal in 49 states including Massachusetts to terminate a person for the unforgivable sin of packing a few extra pounds.

Infographic: 6 Types of Massachusetts Bosses and How to Work With Them

From a visionary to a commander, there are different types of bosses. By understanding the leadership style of your manager, you'll be able to work with them better and create a path for success. 

Settling Massachusetts Employment Cases: Think Beyond Money

When you're negotiating settlement of a Massachusetts employment action, you have much more to consider than just "how much money." There are many non-monetary remedies that can either alone or combined with money bring the parties to agreement. And how money is paid out can also be a good bargaining chip.

Massachusetts Landlords Cannot Refuse to Rent to Criminals

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), refusing to rent based on a criminal records is a form of racial discrimination, due to racial imbalances in the U.S. justice, despite the fact that criminal history is not a protected class under the federal Fair Housing Act.

Massachusetts Expands Employers' Obligation to Accommodate Pregnant Employees

On July 27, 2017, Governor Baker signed the Massachusetts Pregnant WorkersPregnant-woman.jpg Fairness Act (the "Act"). Once the Act takes effect on April 1, 2018, most employers with employees in Massachusetts will be required to provide reasonable accommodations to employees for pregnancy and related conditions.

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