Accommodating levels of work stress

The difference between severe stress and normal, expected stress at work
By Tim Mitchell
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/21/2017

Question: Should an employee who has a poor reaction to normal work stressors be treated differently than one who suffers from severe stress from an extreme incident in terms of mental health accommodation?

Answer: Regardless of whether an employee has a poor reaction to normal work stressors or severe stress from an extreme incident, the employer’s accommodation duties would depend on whether the employee’s issues or difficulties would be captured by a protected ground under the applicable human rights legislation — in this case, either mental disability or physical disability.

Human rights legislation across Canada protects both mental disability and physical disability.