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Fitness for Duty and Mental Health, Part 4

If an employee has a mental health-related disability, when and how can an employer require medical examinations and how should the employer approach this problem? A recent case gives some insight.

Fitness for Duty and Mental Health, Part 3

If an employee has a mental health-related disability, when and how can an employer require medical examinations and how should the employer approach this problem? A recent case gives some insight.

Fitness for Duty and Mental Health, Part 2

If an employee has a mental health-related disability, when and how can an employer require medical examinations and how should the employer approach this problem? A recent case gives some insight.

Fitness for Duty and Mental Health, Part 1

If an employee has a mental health-related disability, when and how can an employer require medical examinations and how should the employer approach this problem? A recent case gives some insight.

Questions and Questionnaires, Part 6

Opinions about moral questions have shifted tremendously during the past half-century. Theresa discusses the implications of moral issues in employment for your ministry and how you can respond.

Questions and Questionnaires, Part 5

In this post, Dr. Lindquist offers some thoughts on developing the skill of asking good questions and raises the question of how to treat moral issues at an organizational policy level.

Questions and Questionnaires, Part 3

In this post, Dr. Brent Lindquist asks Theresa how to handle the delicate situation where a candidate gives relevant information that you didn’t ask for.

Questions and Questionnaires, Part 2

In Part Two of the thread on Questions and Questionnaires, Theresa Sidebotham gives an overview of whether certain types of questions in employment pre-screening for missions are likely to implicate legal issues.

Questions and Questionnaires, Part 1

What are acceptable questions for pre-screening questionnaires? In this post, Dr. Brent Lindquist raises this and other issues for Theresa to answer. 

Part 6: Legal Problems with Pre-Employment Evaluations

There has been a lot of back and forth about how the mission must take care during prefield screening not to run afoul of the ADA. I agree. Under the ADA, before you can give an applicant a “medical examination,” which includes most psychological screenings, you have to first consider all the non-medical information and hand out a conditional offer.

Part 8: After Screening

The discussion continues on interpersonal relationships, proactivity, and appropriate response... 

Part 7: The Lawyer Responds

MeetingKeith mentioned three basic actions that the mission can take. Let me expand on those a little. The mission can indeed ... 

Part 6: The Psychologist Responds

MeetingKeith, your first hypothetical about the teacher with problems raises excellent questions. Here are some thoughts about approaches, both before and after accepting a person. 

Part 5: Tough Questions from a Colleague

Dinner time on the fieldHaving read the first parts of this blog, I think I have understood that a mission has some options for moving forward. Are these the three options? Let me propose a hypothetical case:

Part 4: Talking about Accommodation

Accommodation

Hi Brent, You ask about how to have the interactive discussion regarding accommodation. In the case of your candidate, she has already volunteered that she struggles with depression, so the next logical step is...

Part 3: Do We Need an Accommodation Review?

on the fieldThis was very helpful, Theresa. I am beginning to get a handle on accommodation processes. I do have a continuing question (of course!), and it has to do with asking about issues needing accommodation....

Part 1: After the Screening

on the fieldI am getting the picture that some in missions have been quite loosey-goosey about what to measure and when. what are some thoughts and strategies an agency might consider as they begin to develop, provide, or determine if they can provide accommodations? 

Part 3: Ministerial Exception: Defining Jobs

ministerial exceptionSo, Brent, what you are asking is that I give you a neat packaged formula to apply at the crossroads of mental health issues and constitutional law. So the lawyer and the psychologist ...  

Part 5: Comments on Testing by Dr. R.P. Ascano

Many examining psychologists are not aware of the existence of 29 CFR § 1630.13, titled “Prohibited medical examinations and inquiries.”  Even more importantly, section 1630.10, “Qualification standards, tests, and other selection criteria,” discusses the types of tests that can be used. 

Part 4: Legal Issues Related to Assessments

AssessmentsI see a number of legal issues around assessments. Some assessments are designed to give insight into personality or leadership styles. Those are fine. Others, like the MMPI, are designed to identify pathology. These raise a host of problems

Part 3: Candidate Selection - Deciding Who Can Be a Missionary

On SafariBetween 1975 and 2005 I completed innumerable candidate assessments (I never counted them!). I was always pushed, at least in the beginnings of my relationships with a mission board, or when a new candidate person came on board, to tell them if the person should be a missionary, or not

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