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Mental Illnesses and Support in the Workplace

Mental Illnesses and Support in the Workplace

Over the course of five years sharing an office, Ian and Sam had become good friends. They attended one another’s weddings, went to the occasional baseball game together, and while they weren’t extremely close, they got along well and were happy to have developed such a nice camaraderie at work.  In September of 2018, Ian was absent for two weeks. After a few days, Sam was concerned and sent Ian an email. Ian simply stated that he wasn’t feeling well, and hoped to be back to work soon. After his return to the office, Sam checked in with him again, seeing how he was...
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The Provincial Stance on PTSD in the Workplace

The Provincial Stance on PTSD in the Workplace

Soldiers and first responders are not the only people who experience traumatic events in the workplace. More and more provinces are beginning to recognize that post-traumatic stress disorder can result from adverse conditions in a number of different jobs and are passing legislation that offers unique protections to affected employees. Unfortunately, the strength of such benefits can vary depending on the province and the profession, with much of the support being directed to first responders. That shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Firefighters, paramedics and police...
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Ask a Lawyer: Returning To Work [VIDEO]

https://www.sharelawyers.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Alison-1.mp4 Returning to work after a serious injury or illness can seem daunting. Questions abound; how will you know when you’re physically and mentally ready to return? Should you push yourself to go back to work earlier than your doctor recommends? Is your job at risk if you stay away for too long? Here we weigh in on the process of returning to work, including the pitfalls of returning too soon, listening to the doctor’s orders, and how a little effort can go a long way. When we think about the process of...
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Talking About Mental Health at Work

Talking About Mental Health at Work

It’s hard enough having mental illness, but the prospect of talking about it at work can seem almost too much to bear. While it’s usually straightforward to explain that you need time off for the flu, the stigma around mental illness makes it far more difficult to address symptoms of depression in a similar manner. One of our clients, Sandra, recently experienced this exact scenario. While Sandra’s depression is often controlled by medication and cognitive behavioural therapy, it can fluctuate during particularly challenging life events. Five years ago during a...
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Ask A Lawyer: Disability Benefits and Heart Disease

Ask A Lawyer: Disability Benefits and Heart Disease

If your disability claim has been denied but you are unable to work, you probably have a lot of questions about why this happened, what the intricacies of your policy are, and what to do next. Here are some answers to questions specifically related to heart disease and insurance claims. Have a question of your own? Check out our Ask a Lawyer page.   Q: I had a massive heart attack. I am still in rehab and have a long way to go in my recovery before I can return to work. Why did my insurance company deny my valid claim for disability benefits? A: As the frequency and...
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Is Your Employer Providing the LTD Benefits You Think You Have?

Is Your Employer Providing the LTD Benefits You Think You Have?

When you enroll for Group Benefits at your workplace, if you are being provided with Long Term Disability Benefits, you should make sure that you check that you have the amount of coverage you think you have. By way of an example, take the following situation. Jane works as an administrative assistant in a professional office. When she started working, she was given forms to fill out to enroll in the Group Benefits, including LTD benefits. Jane’s salary is $45,000.00 and she understands that her LTD benefits are supposed to be based on 60% of her salary, or $2,250.00 per...