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Mental illness is widespread throughout our society (published reports estimate as many as 50% of adults will develop at least one mental illness during their lifetime). In the workplace, mental illness, especially if untreated, can adversely affect an employee’s attendance, job performance, interaction with customers, relationships with co-workers and work safety. Several laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, Maine Human Rights Act and Family and Medical Leave Act, protect persons with mental impairments in the application process, course of employment, leave policies and termination procedures. An employer has the difficult task of balancing a mentally ill employee’s right to be treated in a non-discriminatory manner against the rights of the employer, co-workers and customers to expect adequate job performance, appropriate social interactions and a safe work environment. Learn about some of the rules and best practices governing the employment of persons suffering from mental illness.
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