This week, we look at the increase in mental health discrimination charges the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently reported and how employers can respond.

Mental Health Accommodations and Parity in Benefits

The EEOC has released data showing that mental health discrimination charges accounted for 30 percent of all Americans with Disabilities Act-related claims in fiscal year 2021. With these charges on the rise, and as we head into Mental Health Awareness Month, what can employers do to effectively address mental health in the workplace? Attorney Adam Tomiak discusses the interactive accommodations process, while attorney Cassandra Labbees discusses ensuring mental health parity in the employee benefits your company offers.

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California Court Strikes Down Board Diversification Law

A California Superior Court judge has invalidated state legislation that required boards of publicly held corporations headquartered in California to include a minimum number of directors from underrepresented communities. The court’s decision could pave the way for a parallel outcome to a similar challenge of a statutory mandate for increased gender diversity on boards of directors. Read more.

Appeals Courts Divided as Ban-the-Box Laws Pass

Do job applicants have a legal right to provide context when damning information is uncovered in a criminal background check? And can they sue employers if they’re not given that opportunity? The questions are dividing appeals courts at a time when states and municipalities are passing ban-the-box laws to bar employers from asking about criminal pasts on job applications. Attorney Ann Knuckles Mahoney speaks to Bloomberg Law about the recent court cases and laws. Read more.

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