Mental Health Struggles in the Workplace
How to support employees while limiting liability
Mental health issues are on the rise due to the uncertainty of COVID-19 and our economic future. These issues won’t magically disappear when we re-open our workplaces.
Learn how the pandemic and the unemployment situation are affecting employees in Hawaii and the legal issues employers must be ready to address as their employees return to work. Since COVID-19 and our unstable economy are expected to be with us for the near future, we’ll discuss best practices to move forward.
Join us to learn:
- Who’s at risk?
- What should we be on the lookout for?
- When do we intervene?
- Where can we get help?
- How do we support our employees?
Wayne S. Yoshigai is a Principal in the Honolulu office of Jackson Lewis P.C., a Law Corporation. Mr. Yoshigai has practiced management employment and labor law in Hawai`i for nearly 30 years. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America for his work in the practice areas of Employment Law-Management, Labor Law Management, and Litigation -Labor and Employment. Mr. Yoshigai regularly represents Hawai`i and national employers in administrative and judicial proceedings, including mediation and arbitration in union and non-union settings and litigation in federal and state courts, in all aspects of workplace law. He specializes in the day-to-day management of complex employment situations. Mr. Yoshigai is a member of the American Bar Association, Hawaii State Bar Association and Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM). In addition, he is also the former Hawaii State Director and Hawaii Board member for SHRM. He serves as a Board Member for the Responsive Caregivers of Hawaii and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for the Episcopal Church in Hawaii. Mr. Yoshigai earned his J.D. from George Washington University and his B.A., cum laude, in history and literature from Claremont McKenna College.
Melissa Villalon, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist who has been practicing in Hawaii since 2007. She conducts a variety of psychological and forensic assessments such as Violence Risk and Dangerousness Assessments, Threat Assessments, Fitness for Duty Evaluations, Preemployment Screening, Criminal Competency Evaluations, Worker’s Compensation Assessments, and Psychosexual Evaluations. She also consults with human resource professionals on assessing and managing problematic employees. Dr. Villalon has presented workshops on workplace violence for organizations in Hawaii.
Dr. Villalon obtained her Doctorate of Psychology Degree from Argosy University and completed her doctoral internship at Atascadero State Hospital (California). She received her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Chaminade and her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Hawaii. She is a former Child Protective Service Social Worker and Multisystemic Therapist.
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