Forbes February 1, 2021
Timothy R. Clark

In 1788 the British Parliament passed the “Chimney Sweepers Act” to stop the practice of conscripting boys as young as four years old to be apprenticed to master chimney sweeps. That law gave expression to a moral position that employers had a “duty of care” to their employees. That duty of care has grown from a narrow scope of physical safety to something much broader—a holistic concept of safety. From the time Charles Dickens described England’s “dark, satanic mills” as “soot-vomiting,” the conscience of the world regarding employee mental health and safety has shifted glacially. That is, until now.

The convulsions of 2020 marked the beginning of an accelerating transformation. Emerging from our discontent has come a permanent change in...

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Employer, Healthcare System, Patient / Consumer, Provider, Public Health, Safety
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