BLR Launches Mental Health Information Resource for HR Professionals

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HR & Mental Health helps employers manage employees with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and other conditions that may be protected under state and federal laws.

BLR® - Business & Legal Resources, a leading provider of employment law compliance and training solutions for HR, announces the launch of HR & Mental Health, a new online information resource for Human Resources professionals who face the legal and practical challenges of managing employees with mental health issues.

“From depression to anxiety, bipolar disorder to phobias, mental illnesses affect employees in every industry,” says Patricia Trainor, JD, Vice President for HR & Compensation Markets at BLR. “Twenty-five percent of adults experience a mental illness in a given year, and 14 million Americans live with a serious mental illness like schizophrenia or major depression.”

Many mental health conditions require accommodation under the ADA and afflicted employees may be entitled to leave under FMLA and state laws. HR professionals are often handed the heavy responsibility of shielding their organization from discrimination, harassment, interference, retaliation, negligent hiring, and many other potential entanglements when making tough calls about hiring, firing, leaves of absence, conflict resolution, and more.

HR & Mental Health provides HR and employers with news, updates, guidance and tools for making personnel decisions in compliance with multiple state and federal laws that protect employees suffering from a variety of mental conditions.

HR & Mental Health bundles BLR’s broad spectrum of employer resources into a single-source tool for dealing with challenging situations, including an extensive reference manual, real-life scenarios with best practice advice, decision-making checklists, forms, and explanations of what the latest laws, regulations, and court cases mean for day-to-day management of employees with mental health issues. It also provides training tools to bring frontline supervisors up to speed on the legal and practical requirements of managing both those with protected conditions and their coworkers.

“We want to help HR make more confident personnel and policy decisions when mental health problems arise,” says Dan Oswald, CEO. “Our staff attorneys and experts are well suited to deliver actionable intelligence and practical advice, not only to comply with laws but to create a more cohesive and productive workplace. “

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About BLR®—Business & Legal Resources

For over 35 years, BLR® has simplified compliance with state and federal legal requirements, helping U.S. businesses succeed. BLR® offers authoritative content, training, and practical, easy-to-use tools for the HR & employment law, workplace safety, environmental compliance, compensation & benefits, and politics & legal markets. Through our expert in-house editors and exclusive attorney network, we provide the most comprehensive, reliable state-specific information available—and we do it in all 50 states. Our award-winning information products—including training programs, events, web portals, reports and subscription services—give businesses of all sizes and industries the best tools available at affordable prices.

BLR® products and services also include the online information services, , and, online training system TrainingToday, and Advanced Employment Issues Symposium. Many of BLR®’s employment law products and events are developed in conjunction with the Employers Counsel Network, an affiliation of 50 law firms, one in each state, representing management in employment law matters.

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