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  • Changes in DOT/SAP regulations to be highlighted in new 'gold standard' course
  • EAPs provide answers to small businesses coping with employee substance abuse
  • Canadian study: 12 percent have taken time off due to work-related stress
  • EAPs can help working parents
  • UK driving demand for eldercare as a workplace benefit
  • Study: Americans more prone to depression due to job loss
  • Employers recognized for taking further steps in improving employee health, wellness
  • Obama administration encourages agencies to talk about mental health
  • Study examines if corporate wellness programs drive down costs related to obesity
  • New veterans' employment tool helps translate military skills to civilian jobs

  • Changes in DOT/SAP regulations to be highlighted in new 'gold standard' course
    Employee Assistance Professionals Association
    Change is afoot at the U.S. Department of Transportation. New regulations include adding synthetic opioids to required drug testing panels and the creation of a national clearinghouse where Substance Abuse Professionals (SAPs) will report compliance. In response to these and other developments, EAPA has arranged for leading DOT/SAP expert, Lee Mauk, to conduct an updated two-day DOT/SAP Qualification and Update Training course on Sept. 28-29, at the 2014 World EAP Conference in Orlando, Florida. The course includes review of the new SAP requirements for assessment, referral, and return-to-duty, with case examples and assorted conundrums, discussion of ethical pitfalls, and available resources to stay current. All participants will receive a detailed course manual. This "gold standard" course fully meets all DOT SAP qualification/re-qualification training requirements to provide SAP services.
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    EAPs provide answers to small businesses coping with employee substance abuse
    Executive Street
    According to a recent survey by Employers Holdings Inc., 1 in 10 small businesses have had employees showing up for work under the influence of drugs or alcohol in the last year. The survey, which polled 502 small businesses with fewer than 100 employees, found that alcohol was the most commonly abused substance (5.3 percent) with marijuana and prescription painkillers following close behind (5.1 percent). These findings are in line with those of other, similar studies. A survey by the Department of Health and Human Services estimates that there are 18.9 million adults classified with drug abuse or dependence, and 52 percent of them are employed. Prescription drug abuse is especially on the rise, with about 20 percent of the U.S. population reported to have abused prescription drugs.
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    Canadian study: 12 percent have taken time off due to work-related stress
    Employee Benefits
    More than 1 in 10 (12 percent) of respondents have taken time off due to work-related stress, according to research by Canada Life Insurance Group. Its research, which surveyed more than 900 employees, found that more than a quarter (26 percent) of respondents admitted to taking time off work when they were not ill.
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    EAPs can help working parents
    Forbes
    Working parents are like plate spinners at a carnival: They juggle their children's school schedules and activities while balancing their own work deadlines, attending conferences, and sneaking in the occasional shower. In 2013, 88.2 percent of families with children under 18 had at least one parent in the workforce, which means that employers seeking to recruit and retain top talent must start catering to families engaged in this balancing act. Focusing on the working parent with benefits such as flexible work arrangements and paid parental leave helps all parents achieve a better work-life balance and keep employees happier and more engaged at work.
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    UK driving demand for eldercare as a workplace benefit
    Employee Benefits
    The U.K.'s ageing demographic means there will be an increasing number of users of health and social care services, as well as a growing "sandwich generation" (aged 30 to 60) who need to manage their work-life balance better to cope with the care of children and of elderly relatives. But the IPPR research points out: "By 2032, 1.1 million older people in England will need care from their families (an increase of 60 percent), but the number of people able to care for older parents will have increased by only 20 percent, creating a shortfall in our collective capacity to care for older generations."
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    Study: Americans more prone to depression due to job loss
    Business Standard
    Job loss is associated with depressive symptoms in both the U.S. and E.U., but the effects of job loss are much stronger in American workers, a new study has found. "In the U.S., the impact of job loss is significantly stronger for those with little or no wealth than for wealthier individuals. Also, the impact of job loss due to plant closure was stronger in the U.S. than in E.U.," said lead author Carlos Riumallo-Herl, doctoral candidate at Harvard School of Public Health.
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    Employers recognized for taking further steps in improving employee health, wellness
    Employee Benefit News
    The National Business Group on Health recognized 63 U.S. employers for their continued efforts in promoting healthy work environments and encouraging employee wellness. Winners of the 2014 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles awards were honored in one of two categories: Platinum, for exemplary workplace well-being programs, cultures and results; and Gold, for making cultural and environmental changes and developing comprehensive programs that support employees' healthy lifestyle goals.
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    Obama administration encourages agencies to talk about mental health
    GovernmentExecutive
    The head of the Office of Personnel Management is encouraging agencies to talk to their employees about mental health. OPM Director Katherine Archuleta and Pamela Hyde, administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, sent a June 19 memo to agency leaders promoting the federal government's "effective and confidential" employee assistance programs, which provide access to mental health services and treatment for substance abuse to employees and their families.
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    Study examines if corporate wellness programs drive down costs related to obesity
    HR.BLR
    Are the employer-sponsored wellness programs sprouting up in corporate America to get employees healthier and drive down the cost of health benefits succeeding, especially with obesity? A study presented during "Obesity Week" has found that wellness programs are commonly setting weight goals for employees, but most often they are paired with employer health plans denying coverage for evidence-based obesity treatment.
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    New veterans' employment tool helps translate military skills to civilian jobs
    HR.BLR
    The White House recently announced the launch of a new integrated employment tool to connect veterans and servicemembers with employers and to help translate military skills into the civilian workforce. The Veterans Employment Center, an integrated, online tool connecting veterans, transitioning servicemembers and their spouses with both public- and private-sector employers, is the result of an interagency effort to improve, simplify and consolidate the current array of employment resources for veterans.
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