New US government guidelines require employers to ensure workers receive mental health care
NEW YORK (AP) A federal appeals court has ordered employers in a large group of states to provide mental health services to workers who are detained for violations of federal immigration law, a ruling that could affect millions of Americans.
The ruling in the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals says employers must provide employees with mental health and substance abuse treatment and that the policies must be consistent with the federal law protecting employees from discrimination.
The court is hearing oral arguments on Thursday.
The order came after a group of immigrant rights groups filed a lawsuit in January against a Trump administration proposal to tighten requirements for employers to hire and pay people with criminal records.
The employers include many of the nation’s largest companies, including Walmart, General Motors and Target.
A federal judge in New York has set a March 20 hearing for the case.