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  • Experts emphasize preparation for violent incidents
  • EAPA's annual conference 'call for proposals' elicits exceptional response
  • Cancer poses a growing challenge to employers
  • In Canada, more employees are seeking EAP help digitally
  • New policies ordered on federal workplace violence
  • Alzheimer's care takes a toll on US workforce
  • Fighting officer suicide 'epidemic,' police culture of silence
  • Mental health aspects of gun law remain fuzzy
  • Study could offer solutions to troops' depression
  • Tax incentives could control sickness absence
  • Dealing with employee addictions
  • 2013 'less stressful' than '12, but many workers at risk
  • California discrimination ruling could hurt workers' lawsuits
  • Major trade union in employee health and well-being drive in UK

  • Experts emphasize preparation for violent incidents
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    While homicides at work are statistically rare, they do happen. Most employees have not been properly prepped for a violent incident. Only 30 percent of employers had a violence prevention policy in place, according to a 2006 Bureau of Labor Statistics study. Therefore, in the 49 states in which the concealed carrying of weapons is legal, violence prevention experts recommend employers conduct preemptive threat assessments and clearly state their policies about whether weapons are permitted at work. More

    EAPA's annual conference 'call for proposals' elicits exceptional response
    Employee Assistance Professionals Association    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    EAPA has successfully concluded its call for proposals for the 2013 Annual World EAP Conference, to be held Oct. 15-19 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix. Twice as many proposals were received as can be accommodated, so the Conference Program Planning Panel has a difficult job in selecting only the best for presentation at the conference. Special focus areas for this year's conference include crisis, trauma and distress in the workplace; the EAP/affiliate provider partnership; making the EAP case: defining and demonstrating the EA value proposition; weaving the EAP into the fabric of work organizations; learning from EAPs in other countries; and serving today's individual EAP client.

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    Cancer poses a growing challenge to employers
    Workforce    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    There are more cancer survivors in the workplace than ever before, and that's great news, but it also presents a challenge to employers struggling to control health care costs while improving the quality of care for their employees. To help employers develop a comprehensive approach to managing cancer in the workplace, the National Business Group on Health and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network plan to release an employer's guide to cancer care. More

    In Canada, more employees are seeking EAP help digitally
    The Digital Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    More working Canadians are using digital methods to access employee assistance program support than ever before, according to a report by Morneau Shepell. Their research showed that they were able to reach a younger demographic with digital access and service delivery options. More

    New policies ordered on federal workplace violence
    The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Federal agencies have been told to produce within four months more comprehensive policies for addressing domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking in their workplaces. The guidance covers policies on granting employees time off or allowing flexible working schedules, confidentiality concerns, physical security in the workplace, employee assistance program services, disciplinary actions against employees who are perpetrators and similar issues. More

    Alzheimer's care takes a toll on US workforce
    The Kansas City Star    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Caring for someone who has Alzheimer's disease or other dementia significantly affects a worker’s ability to stay employed and perform well. According to a report released recently by Workplace Options and the Alzheimer’s Association, one in seven American workers is an active or former caregiver for someone with Alzheimer's or a similar illness, and the effect on the workplace is "simply astounding," said Dean Debnam, chief executive of Workplace Options, a work/life consulting and service company. More



    Fighting officer suicide 'epidemic,' police culture of silence
    Chicago Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Three Waukegan, Ill., police officers have killed themselves since May 2011, and Chief Daniel Greathouse says he's working to stem an "epidemic" in his department. But three days after the third officer's funeral, Greathouse emailed his department and said the suicides had nothing to do with the pressures of police work and were related to the officers' "weakness." More

    Mental health aspects of gun law remain fuzzy
    Democrat and Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    With less than a month before provisions of New York's gun law go into effect, mental health professionals are waiting to learn the exact procedure for reporting people they deem likely to seriously injure themselves or others. The legislation is broad — amending laws that affect criminal procedures, corrections, family court, surrogate's court, the judiciary, the penal code, general business and mental hygiene. More

    Study could offer solutions to troops' depression
    Stars and Stripes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Military health officials admit they don't fully know how antidepression medications work on struggling troops’ brains, or why sometimes they don't. A new study hopes to fix that. Officials from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center announced plans for a large-scale new brain activity study to pinpoint what happens when troops suffer depression, with the hopes of identifying new medications or treatments that could solve the problem. More

    Tax incentives could control sickness absence
    Employee Benefits    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The majority (90 percent) of employer respondents would like to see tax incentives introduced for all forms of health care-related employee benefits, according to research in the U.K. by Jelf Employee Benefits. The research aimed to identify the right benefits for such tax incentives by asking employers which health care-related benefits would most assist organizations in managing sickness absence. More



    Dealing with employee addictions
    Benefits Canada    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Supporting an employee who is struggling with a substance addiction can be a huge challenge for many employers, and it is a challenge that's not going away. Given the prevalence statistics of addictions, every employer will have to deal with a substance dependency issue at some point. Accordingly, organizations should ensure that there is a substance abuse policy in place along with their other human resource policies. More

    2013 'less stressful' than '12, but many workers at risk
    Health Insurance & Protection    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Around a third of workers expect 2013 to be "less stressful" than 2012 — but businesses could still be at risk as too many employees that do suffer from stress remain afraid or too embarrassed to ask for help, it has been claimed. A survey of more than 1,600 workers, carried out for Canada Life Group Insurance, found that 22 percent of workers who experienced problems with stress in 2012 were "too afraid or embarrassed" to ask for help. More

    California discrimination ruling could hurt workers' lawsuits
    San Francisco Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    California workers will have a harder time winning employment discrimination cases in the wake of the state Supreme Court's recent decision in Harris vs. City of Santa Monica. How much harder depends on how lower courts interpret the decision. Since the Harris decision, a plaintiff must prove discrimination was not just a factor but a substantial factor to win damages and/or attorneys' fees. More

    Major trade union in employee health and well-being drive in UK
    Health Insurance & Protection    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    One of Britain's biggest trade unions is urging health and safety representatives around the country to identify and speak out against what within their workplaces may be making staff ill. The TUC has published a report, Work and well-being, which says that the best way of tackling ill health is to stop workers from getting ill in the first place. It says that, for example, reducing workplace stress is "far more useful" than providing on-site massage for stressed workers. More


     



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