Over the past several years, the focus on mental health in the workplace has increasingly grown. Employers are now required to accommodate not only physical injuries that occur in the workplace, but also those related to mental stress.
As of January 1, 2018, changes to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act now state that “a worker is entitled to benefits under the insurance plan for chronic or traumatic mental stress arising out of and in the course of the worker’s employment” (WSIA, 2017). Previously, many mental health claims were being denied.
Challenges with connecting mental health claims to the workplace environment may have been one reason for this.
So as an employer, what should you do if you receive a mental health claim?
- Read the updated WSIA.
- Determine your responsibilities (refer to our website Resource Section or refer to the Ontario Government website)
What are Cognitive Demands Assessments?
- Assessments that document the mental demands required in a job.
- Examples include: memory requirements, organizational skills, multi-tasking, concentration requirements etc.
- Perform a Cognitive Demands Analysis (CDA). Just as a Physical Demands Analysis is used to inform decisions regarding physical injury claims, so a CDA can be used for mental health claims. Contact ERGO for information and assistance.
- Based on the findings of a CDA, determine how to handle the mental health stressors in your work environment.
- A CDA can help determine what accommodations may be required for someone returning to work with a mental or cognitive impairmen
Would you like a quote or further information on completing CDAs for your workplace?
Contact ERGO today firstname.lastname@example.org
ERGO Inc. 1 Day Certificate Workshop on How to Complete CDAs – November 14, 2018, Mississauga, ON. Information and Registration.
Tell us what you doing to prepare for this new legislation? Can you provide any tips on how you have accommodated a worker with a mental impairment? Please share your ideas.