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Supreme Court Clarifies Employer's Ability to Access Mental Health Records

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 | 235 | 0 | 26 min read

The Alaska Supreme Court ruled that an employer can access the mental health records of employees when the files are relevant to a claim, even if the worker does not make a claim related to a mental health condition. Case: Leigh v. Alaska Children’s Services, No. 7464, 07/10/2020, published. Facts and procedural history: Allison Leigh worked for Alaska Children's Services. In February 2015, she slipped on ice in the parking lot at work and broke her right ankle. Leigh went to the emergency room and had surgery that day. Leigh has several pre-existing conditions...

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