From time to time, various articles related to general business operations catch my eye. Today is one of those times. I recently heard that the fifth and most recent version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (“DSM”) was set to be released by the American Psychiatric Association next week, so a related article by Hunton & Williams under the title “Employers Beware” was certainly one I wanted to read. According to that article, the EEOC is expected to embrace the DSM-5 despite criticisms made by notable physicians. Those criticisms raise some serious concerns for employers, including an expanded list of impairments and disabilities for EEOC purposes, an increase in the scope of ADA and FMLA protections, and an increase in the cost of short-term disability and workers’ compensation insurance. These predicted results, along with the already impending ObamaCare law, highlight the importance of taking time to evaluate existing policies and procedures to ensure compliance with the litany of new regulations which are changing the landscape of conducting business.
New Medical Diagnostic Manual (DSM) and its Implications for Employers