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Concurrent Session
Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Mental Health Issues in the Workplace
1.00 SHRM PDCs | Competencies: Relationship Management, HR Expertise, Consultation | Intended Audience: Midlevel
Workplace Application:
This presentation will explore ways to address the complicated and sensitive issues raised by employees with addiction and mental health concerns. 

Working with, accommodating, and supporting employees who struggle with alcoholism, substance abuse, or mental health issues can be a complex task due to the sensitive nature of the situation and the numerous employment laws that may be implicated. Addiction and mental health issues can lead to absenteeism, poor performance, on-the-job injuries, or even workplace violence. This session will provide HR with practical guidance on how to handle the complex issues that can arise when addressing addiction and mental health in the workplace, as well as ensuring that safety in the workplace is not compromised.

Learning Objectives:

  • This presentation will discuss the legal protections provided to individuals suffering from addiction and mental health issues in the workplace. 
  • This presentation will explore available resources and means to resolve these issues, including drug or alcohol testing, last chance agreements, and reasonable accommodations.  
  • This presentation will provide attendees with real-world scenarios to help develop practical skills in addressing workplace issues involving employee addiction and mental health.
Lara de Leon Photo
Presenter:
Lara de Leon, Shareholder,
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.