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Employee mental health is becoming an important issue for employers, and one of the ways to help workers is through their employee benefits packages. Here we look at trends, build awareness, and share ideas for benefits managers and brokers.

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Pregnant woman Among the biggest contributors to the cost of mothers’ mental health issues are presenteeism, absenteeism and unemployment, which account for $4.7 billion in lost productivity. (Photo: Shutterstock)

It’s tough to be a working mother. Even if you’re lucky enough to work for a company that offers a strong paid leave program, there are still the biases and professional hurdles to face. But what about the health issues? There are plenty of health conditions associated with the rigors of bearing children, and mental health issues in particular are being overlooked.

Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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