Workplace mental injury creating 'perfect legal storm', report says

Financial rewards for damages caused by mental injury at work have increased over the past five years by as much as 700 per cent, according to a report released today by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC).
The report warns that a “perfect legal storm” is brewing in the area of mental health protection at work, and points to emerging responsibilities for employers to provide a psychologically safe workplace. October is Canada's Healthy Workplace Month and next week is Mental Illness Awareness Week.
The report entitled, Tracking the Perfect Legal Storm (2010), concludes that employers are confronted with a legal duty to maintain, not only a physically safe workplace, but also a psychologically safe workplace. Dr. Martin Shain of the University of Toronto, an academic lawyer and leading expert in workplace mental health issues, prepared the report for the MHCC.

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