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Approved public service mental health claims pass 50 per cent threshold for first time

By Mike Lapointe      

Union reps attribute the rise in approved mental health disability claims to the problem-plagued Phoenix pay system, as well as changes in workplace culture that have reduced the stigma around mental health reporting.

PSAC national president Chris Aylward says more investigation is needed 'to understand whether there are systemic issues at play' to account for the rise in approved mental health disability claims made by federal public service employees in 2018. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Claims involving mental health conditions represented 52 per cent of disability insurance claims approved for federal public service employees in 2018, according to data contained in a Public Service Alliance of Canada presentation on federal public service disability trends.

Mike Lapointe

Mike Lapointe joined the The Hill Times in June 2019 and covers the federal public service, deputy ministers, the Privy Council Office, public service unions, the Phoenix pay system, the machinery of government, and the Parliament Hill media.
- mlapointe@hilltimes.com


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