Caution A Must For Employers Tackling Mental Health Issues

Law360, New York (April 13, 2015, 3:47 PM EDT) -- The recent Germanwings crash brings into stark relief the consequences of workers with mental health issues — and experts say often the limits of the law leave employers weighing the risk of an Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuit against proactive interventions to keep employees safe.

When it was discovered that Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who intentionally crashed a plane in the Alps, had received treatment for suicidal tendencies, it underscored the importance of detecting mental health issues in employees and how challenging that can be. Strict federal and state laws and regulations don't leave a lot of room for addressing mental...

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