TORONTO, June 11, 2013 /CNW/ - Cira Medical Services (Cira), a Canadian
leader in independent evaluation services and author of a recently
released white paper titled Balancing Workplace Mental Health Issues and Employee Privacy Rights, applauds Monday's announcement by Treasury Board President Tony
Clement for the federal government to revamp its sick leave and
disabilities policies for the public service, which are cited as
guidelines dating back to the 1970s.
In Minister Clement's announcement, he asserts the need for modernized
short-and long-term disability models. The proposed new short-term
disability model for the public service is set to replace its current
banked sick day system. Its long-term disability model currently starts
after 13 weeks of illness, but as Clement notes, does not address
modern workplace matters, such as mental illness.
The Canadian Press cites Minister Clement's encouragement for the
overhaul, stating that "a more robust disability management system will
emphasize prevention and rehabilitation, and will also include enhanced
support for current and emerging health issues like mental illness,
which was not adequately recognized 40 years ago but now represents
more than a half of all disability claims in the Canadian workplace."
As the Canadian leader in clinical health assessments, with experts in
more than 48 medical specialties including a wide range of leading
mental health authorities, Cira recognizes the need to support
workplace mental and physical health issues through clinically-based
solutions. Cira's enhanced medical assessment model, Health Assess™,
allows employers to support their employees through a confidential,
customized, efficient, and objective medical consultation service to
help Canadians stay-at-work and/or return-to-work.
"Cira welcomes this federal government announcement as a step towards
strengthening Canada's position as a leading country for workplace
health and wellness strategies," said Karen Seward, President, Cira
Medical Services. "We look forward to further discussion and
collaboration to help employees achieve optimal mental and physical
health outcomes and supporting their workplace goals."
Visit Cira Medical Services website for more information on workplace mental health solutions and Health Assess™. Download Cira's white paper titled Balancing Workplace Mental Health Issues and Employee Privacy.
About Cira Medical Services
Cira Medical Services is a leading provider of independent medical
evaluations and clinical risk management services for the corporate, insurance, and medical legal
industries across Canada. With an unparalleled roster of physicians and regulated health professionals and
a deep breadth of insurance, corporate, and medical expertise on staff, Cira delivers defensible and
accurate reports, backed by expert advice. Visit www.ciramedical.ca to learn more.
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