Sophie Weiner writes at Hopes&Fears:
New York City has only recently adopted a policy mandating paid sick days for workers, but there are few other places in the country make that guarantee. And while Americans are still fighting for laws that will protect their jobs when they have the flu, it’s even harder to get time off for a mental health problem, even as mental illness reaches epidemic proportions.
In many places, it’s not widely accepted that mental illness is as valid a reason to miss work as purely physical illness. But should it be? And if so, how should it be handled?
We asked experts in mental health advocacy, employee rights and public health care if employers should treat mental illness the same way they treat physical illness when it comes to paid leave.
Brenda Roberts, Deputy Associate Director, Pay & Leave,U.S. Office of Personnel Management
The Federal Government supports employees who may be experiencing mental health concerns and need to take time away from their work responsibilities to seek medical attention.… Read the rest