Barrie and District: Should We Say Something? Managing Hidden Disabilities in the Workplace

Date and Time

Starts:01/12/2022 6:30 PM

Ends:01/12/2022 8:00 PM

Registration Closes:01/10/2022 11:59 PM

Event Type: Webinar

1.5 CPD Hour(s)



HRPA Members: Free or Optional $5 Donation | Non-Members: $30


Additional Information

Event Sponsor

Many disabilities are not visible. We've all had times when we're just not sure whether one of our employees is struggling with a disability or if they simply have performance issues. Do you say something or just wait until they bring it up? And if you do say something, how should you approach it without violating their privacy? Learn how to navigate the tricky situations that arise when dealing with employees with hidden disabilities. Examine the types of hidden disabilities that may impact someone at work, such as alcoholism, learning disabilities, PTSD and other mental health issues.

Learning Objectives:

  • Know how to manage the workplace issues that arise, such as addressing stigma and resentment
  • Gain knowledge on how to be part of the solution
  • Understand your procedural duty to accommodate
  • Learn how to open the conversation, including those times when the employees themselves may not recognize their problem

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Speaker bio(s)
Lauren Bernardi, Lawyer, HR Advisor

Lauren Bernardi works extensively in the field of workplace mental health, psychologically safe workplaces, harassment and violence, including conducting manager and employee training sessions, preparing harassment and code of conduct policies and investigating and resolving complaints.

Lauren's on-the-ground experience with workplace challenges, combined with her keen interest and degree in psychology, have led her to her mission of creating psychologically healthy workplaces where employees can thrive and organizations can excel. On her initiative, Bernardi Human Resource Law LLP was one of 40 organizations in a case study project of the Mental Health Commission of Canada to pilot the implementation of the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. Lauren is also a board member with Canadian Mental Health Association, Peel Dufferin, and Mindful Employer Canada.

Lauren is the author of "Powerful Employment Policies", published by Carswell. She has been quoted in national newspapers and has been a frequent guest expert on CBC Radio.