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Jo Ellen Whitney Presents on Mental Health at Iowa Employment Conference - November 27, 2019

JoEllen Whitney, Chair of the Employment and Labor Law Department, recently spoke at the “Mental Health in the Workplace” Iowa Employment Conference at The Meadows Events Center.


Jo Ellen presented, “Conversations No One Likes to Have - Addressing Mental Health Accommodations in the Workplace.” The discussion covered how employers can begin to address workplace accommodations related to their employees' mental health needs. These are conversations that can be difficult for both employer and employee while trying to navigate compassion, concern, and potential legal issues.


Attendees gained an understanding of which employers are covered by the ADA/ADAAA/FMLA, when their employees are covered, and how the regulations interact. They also learned of reasonable accommodations, tips on how to address performance issues that might be caused by poor mental health, and how to have a discussion regarding these issues.


Attendees, from public and private sector organizations, also had the chance to chat with several other attorneys at the Davis Brown sponsored booth.