Mental Illness

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Airline Industry Alert: FAA Does Not Recommend Routine Psychological Testing for Pilots

On June 9, 2016, the FAA announced specific actions that it will take, in conjunction with airlines and pilots' unions, concerning pilots' mental health in response to the Malaysia Flight 370 and Germanwings Flight 9525...more

Is Mental Incapacity a Defense to Tax Penalties and FBAR Penalties?

The Tax Crimes Handbook of the Office of Chief Counsel, Criminal Tax Division of the Internal Revenue Service defines "Willfulness” as follows: "[a] Willfulness is defined as the "voluntary, intentional violation of a...more

Learning from Orlando: addressing potentially violent employees

In the nine days since Omar Mateen opened fire in the Pulse nightclub, killing 49 individuals and injuring several others, a report surfaced that Mateen’s violent nature and potential to do harm to others was readily apparent...more

ERISA (6th Circuit): Mental Nervous Limitations and Dealing with Arguments of “Organic Cause”

You know that most ERISA disability plans contain a 24-month limitation related to mental/nervous disabilities. But what happens when the claimant alleges the mental illness is “organically caused”? Is that enough to...more

Tasing is for Safety, Not Punishment: Even Non-Lethal Force Can be Deadly

South Boston police responded to the local Super 8 Motel in the wee hours of May 3, 2013. They came because they’d received phone calls from Linwood Lambert, Jr. asking somewhat unclearly for help. When they arrived, they...more

Reasonable Cause and Record Reconstruction

Individuals suffering from mental illness or the effects of substance abuse may have a "reasonable cause" for penalty relief. Example, an individual who is suffering from chronic drug dependency who may have been in and out...more

Health Alert (Australia) - March 7, 2016

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: - Victoria 26 February 2016 Inquest into death of Maree Rosalie Jones Ms Jones was admitted...more

“Insanity Defense” Fails To Preserve Coverage For Insured’s Arson

Missouri resident James Roller set fire to his garage in an attempt to commit suicide. When smoke and fumes surrounded him he changed his mind, fled the garage, and alerted his wife of the fire. Mrs. Roller called 911. A...more

Unequal Pay Causes Mental Illness? Let’s Not Jump To Conclusions.

Did you know that unequal pay causes depression and anxiety? Neither do I. A recent study has received a lot of publicity after it found a correlation between relatively low pay and rates of clinical depression and...more

The Second Appellate District Finds UCLA Not Liable For Third Party Criminal Acts of a Student With a Known Mental Illness

The Regents of the University of California, et al. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County Katherine Rosen, Real Party in Interest - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District(October 7, 2015) - The issue in this...more

T.J. Simers Discrimination Trial: Are You Paranoid If They Really ARE Out To Get You?

A psychologist retained by the Times testified this week that Mr. Simers scored “very high” for paranoia on the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory. His test results showed that he was “overly sensitive to criticism,”...more

Addressing and Preventing Workplace Violence

The subject of workplace violence has unfortunately made headlines once again after a news anchor and cameraman were killed by a former co-worker in Virginia last week. Employers are understandably concerned and have...more

Health Alert (Australia) - August 31, 2015

In This Issue: -Judgments; Legislation; and Reports -Excerpts from Judgments New South Wales (NSW) 28 August 2015 - Smith v Pennington [2015] NSWSC 1168 The Supreme Court gave judgement for the...more

A Confidential Consultation?

The Court of Appeal reaffirms the qualified nature of legal professional privilege. In the recent case of R v Edward Brown (formerly Latham) the Court of Appeal held that it was appropriate, in certain circumstances, to...more

Alcoholism and the ADA: The DOs and DON’Ts of Alcohol Testing in the Workplace

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended (ADA) considers alcoholism to be a “disability.” Individuals who suffer from alcoholism are entitled to the protections of the ADA just as those with significant mental...more

The ADA At 25: Mental Disabilities In The Spotlight

Last year, we marked the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This year the Americans with Disabilities Act turns 25. Two laws with a shared, broader goal—to level the playing field and eradicate unlawful...more

The Ninth Circuit Joins Its Sister Circuits in Ruling That an Employee Who Threatens Co-Workers with Violence Is Not “Qualified”...

The Ninth Circuit released a precedent-setting Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) decision yesterday, and it’s a big win for employers.  The Court held that an employee who makes “serious and credible threats of violence...more

Recent Decision Explores Issues of Mental Disability and Violence in the Workplace

A federal district court recently grappled with whether an employer’s termination of an employee for engaging in violent behavior was lawful, where the employee’s behavior was related to an underlying mental impairment. ...more

Understanding Workers’ Compensation Mental Injury Claims: Part 3

In Part 1 of this post, we explored the three types of work related mental injury claims addressed by the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act. In Part 2, we discussed how courts are increasingly easing the burden of...more

Two House Bills seek to address sharing of mental health information under HIPAA

The Health Subcommittee of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing last week to consider two bills addressing current limits on the sharing of mental health information under HIPAA. The first bill, the...more

Understanding Workers’ Compensation Mental Injury Claims: Part 2

In Part 1 of this blog post, we explored the three legal classifications of potentially work related mental injury claims addressed under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act: physical/mental, mental/physical, and...more

CMS Finally Releases Proposed Rules for Medicaid Managed Care

On Friday, Mintz Levin Health Law and ML Strategies posted an advisory on CMS’s proposed Medicaid Managed Care rules. This advisory provides contextual background, a helpful overview of the rule’s contents, and an in-depth...more

“Burt’s Law” Places New and Enhanced Responsibilities on Employees and Volunteers In Facilities Providing Care for Those with...

According to press reports across North Carolina, Burt Powell was a resident of a group home for adults with mental disabilities. His parents placed him in the facility to increase his chances of achieving a more independent...more

Inability to Work Under One Boss Is Not a Qualified Disability

In Higgins-Williams v. Sutter Medical Foundation, the Third Appellate District relied upon the repeatedly challenged holding of the First Appellate District in Hobson v. Raychem Corp. (1999) 73 Cal.App.4th 614 (“Hobson”) that...more

BB&K Police Bulletin: Arresting Armed, Mentally Ill Suspects

Officers May Have Immunity from Liability, Supreme Court Says - Overview: The United States Supreme Court found that two police officers were immune from liability under 42 U.S.C. section 1983 even if the officers failed...more

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