Employers and Managers have special responsibilities when it comes to mental illness and wellbeing in the workplace. These special responsibilities arise from the existence of the Australian legal framework and go beyond legalities to incorporate a moral responsibility to care for others. Understanding relevant legislation helps support good decision making, and, when decisions are made with genuine empathy and compassion it is most likely that the right thing can be achieved for both employer and employees. Managers can read this article to understand the issues and get the balance right.

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