The president of the NL Federation of Labour, Mary Shortall, says she is surprised by the amount of pushback for presumptive mental health legislation.
The new legislation would not require workers to prove that their condition is work related to qualify for benefits.
Shortall says she is astonished that they are getting so much opposition to the proposal considering all of the attention that has been given to mental health lately, especially in the workplace.
Shortall says the new legislation will help those already diagnosed get the help they need. She says that a mental health issue is the same as a workplace injury, and she doesn’t think it’s fair that workers have the added stress of proving their issues in order to receive compensation.