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Work is changing, and workers are changing, too.

The COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath have led to widely acknowledged changes to the workplace, most notably when many organizations shifted to fully or partly remote work in 2020. These changes aren’t necessarily lasting is also now apparent. In many cases, companies are reversing course and moving to hybrid work or requiring their workers return to onsite work entirely. But it’s not just work that’s different these days –workers aren’t the same either.

If you’re an employer, it’s important to understand that your employees are more likely than ever before to be struggling with mental health issues, and more aware than ever before of their options to address those health needs as well as their rights under the law to take time away from work or request accommodations, if they need to.

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