Should We Say Something? Managing Hidden Disabilities in the Workplace (On-Demand)

Employers have a duty to accommodate employee disabilities, even if they’re not always obvious



On Demand
Course Leader : Lauren Bernardi, Bernardi Human Resource Law LLP
Duration : 1 hour 0 minute
Price: $69.00

We’ve all known times when we’re just not sure whether one of our employees is struggling with a disability or if they simply have performance issues. What should we do? Do you say something or just wait until they bring it up? And if we do say something, how should we approach it without violating their privacy? Gain new confidence in navigating the tricky waters of hidden workplace disabilities.

You will learn to:

  • Examine the types of hidden disabilities that may impact someone at work, such as alcoholism, learning disabilities, PTSD and other mental health issues
  • Understand your procedural duty to accommodate
  • Know how to open the conversation, even at times when employees themselves may not recognize their problem

PRESENTER: Lauren Bernardi, Bernardi Human Resource Law LLP


Lauren Bernardi is a lawyer and HR advisor with the boutique firm of Bernardi Human Resource Law who has been assisting organizations in the increasingly complex area of HR law since 1992. Lauren works extensively in the field of workplace mental health, respect, harassment and violence, including conducting manager and employee training sessions, preparing harassment and code of conduct policies and investigating and resolving complaints. She is the author of Powerful Employment Policies, published by Canada Law Book. She has been quoted in national newspapers and has been a guest expert on CBC Radio. Her firm, Bernardi Human Resource Law, was recently selected to participate in the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s three-year case study project as an “early adopter” of the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.