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In any week, 500,000 Canadians are absent from work due to stress and mental health concerns. These numbers are not only staggering, they are growing worse, as incidents of depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions continue to rise.

 While statistics such as these stress the value of workplace wellness campaigns, they also reinforce the importance of fully understanding and complying with human rights obligations such as the duty to accommodate.

In this webinar, employment and human rights lawyer, David Brown, will discuss the always challenging topics of human rights in the workplace, the duty to accommodate and undue hardship, with a specific focus on mental illness. David will also provide practical thoughts on effective communication with employees on medical leave, the employer’s role in supporting recovery, and effective practices in working with WorkSafeBC and disability insurance providers.  

In this presentation, you will learn: 

  • Human Rights in the Workplace
  • Duty to Accommodate
  • Undue Hardship
  • Disability management

Who should attend: 

  • All levels of HR practitioners. Junior and mid-level HR managers/supervisors will find this presentation particularly useful. 

Meet your instructor

Kent Employment Law

David Brown

David  is an individualist. His nonconformist mindset and passion for  transformation set him apart in a profession steeped (and sometimes  mired) in tradition. Where others spot problems, David sees possibility  and promise. He understands and appreciates not just the practice but  the business of law. Add to all this his disarming wit, bellowing voice,  and lofty stature, and there's no mistaking him in a crowd. A trusted workplace advisor to both companies and individuals in BC's  Interior, David was the ideal choice to break new ground with our Kelowna office.  Firm in his belief that a successful business is not one based on "zero  sum" relationships (where one person suffers so that the other may  thrive), he looks forward to supporting Okanagan employers and employees  in the practice of sustainable employment and to surrounding himself  with like-minded clients. A prolific and plain language legal writer, David is the founder of a thought-leading employment law blog  that covers timely and novel topics in an accessible and engaging way.  He is also a dedicated community contributor, with active memberships in  an extensive network of local professional and philanthropic endeavours  including Junior Chamber International (Kelowna), Pathways Abilities  Society, Kelowna Community Resources and Chartered Professionals in  Human Resources of BC & Yukon and executive positions on the Human  Rights and Employment Law Sections of the Canadian Bar Association (BC).

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Duty to Accommodate and Mental Illness

    • Webinar Recording

  • 2


    • Course Survey