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Table of Contents
  • Workplace implications of legal marijuana examined in latest issue of JEA
  • EAPA's Board of Directors Election begins today!
  • Brain responses to images predict PTSD symptoms after Boston bombing
  • How high-performing companies define the 'soul' of their wellness programs
  • Failure of company to provide debriefing results in record legal settlement
  • 5 signs you're the bully at work
  • EAP starting point when dealing with PTSD in the workplace
  • Canada: Limits to workplace accommodation for substance abusers
  • Adolescent alcohol abuse disrupts transitions into early adulthood
  • Stress a red flag for employers to embrace financial wellness solutions
  • Study: Effects of recession on work-life balance not over
  • In UK workplace alcohol risk assessments curb excessive drinking

  • Workplace implications of legal marijuana examined in latest issue of JEA
    Employee Assistance Professionals Association
    Questions concerning workplace implications of legal recreational and medical marijuana are featured in the recently published 3rd Quarter, 2014, issue of the Journal of Employee Assistance (JEA). Experts examine how controversial reforms to relax state laws prohibiting the possession and use of marijuana are beginning to impact EA professionals. Other articles present startling facts about prescription drug abuse, noting the key role that EA professionals can play in halting this disturbing trend; examine how mindfulness can be incorporated into EA practice; describe practical steps to rethink how we can best deliver EAP to a new generation; and succinctly review what EA professionals need to know about recent legislation affecting EAP in the U.S. In addition to receiving the mailed print version of the Journal, EAPA members around the world can access the JEA online.
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    EAPA's Board of Directors Election begins today!
    Employee Assistance Professionals Association
    Every two years, EAPA professional members have the opportunity to elect new officers and directors to the EAPA Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is the governing and policy-making body of EAPA and sets the strategic direction for the association. The 30-day election period begins today, July 22, and ends at midnight EDT on August 20, 2014. EAPA’s nominations committee has prepared a proposed slate that includes one candidate for each of the following board positions: president-elect, secretary-treasurer, three at large directors from outside of the USA, and four at large directors from the USA(including one who must be a member of a labor union and work in a labor EAP). Eligible voters may vote in favor of or against each of the candidates. As in previous years, all voting will be online. To be eligible to vote, individuals must be current Professional Members of EAPA as of July 22, 2014. Unique voter login credentials are being emailed to every eligible voter today.
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    Brain responses to images predict PTSD symptoms after Boston bombing
    University of Washington
    The area of the brain that plays a primary role in emotional learning and the acquisition of fear — the amygdala — may hold the key to who is most vulnerable to post-traumatic stress disorder. Researchers at the University of Washington, Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School and Boston University collaborated on a unique opportunity to study whether patterns of brain activity predict teenagers' response to a terrorist attack.
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    How high-performing companies define the 'soul' of their wellness programs
    Employee Benefit News
    Too often wellness programs are started as just another way to reduce heath care costs. Certainly, this is a terrific outcome that good wellness programs will help deliver. However, this focus may not only sell the wellness program short, but it also misses the "soul" of the program.
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    Failure of company to provide debriefing results in record legal settlement
    The Daily News
    A police trainer who identified bodies in Sri Lanka following the 2004 Tsunami disaster has won a $685,000 settlement from his former employers after suffering post-traumatic stress disorder. David Collins, 45, worked 16-hour days managing a mortuary and described the experience as a "production line of bodies" following the huge wave which killed 228,000 people around the Indian Ocean.
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    5 signs you're the bully at work
    BusinessNewsDaily
    Sometimes a bully may not even realize that he or she is abusing his or her co-workers. If you exhibit any of the following behaviors, you might be guilty of being the workplace bully, said Edmonds.
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    EAP starting point when dealing with PTSD in the workplace
    Benefits Canada
    John is a 44-year-old father of two and a lending officer at a branch of a national bank. Early on in his career, John's branch was held up in a robbery attempt. While no one was hurt, the event certainly shook up the staff, many of whom took advantage of the on-site counseling provided by the bank. This past winter, John was involved in a rollover on the highway that resulted in a broken arm and some minor scrapes. Recently, his co-workers have noticed changes in John. He seems to get angry at little things and has mentioned that he and his wife are fighting a lot. John often appears distracted and has difficulty making decisions at work. His colleagues are concerned, but John denies that anything is wrong.
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    Canada: Limits to workplace accommodation for substance abusers
    Mondaq
    Drug and alcohol addictions have laid waste to many a promising career and have even resulted in dire ramifications in the form of violent and sexually inappropriate conduct. But as a protected disability, the pitfalls of dealing with workplace addictions are many and employers must exercise caution. Generally, employers cannot wash their hands of the addicted employee but must accommodate his or her disability. But there are limits to their obligations.
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    Adolescent alcohol abuse disrupts transitions into early adulthood
    Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research via ScienceDaily
    Adolescent alcohol abuse is known to be associated with adverse outcomes in early adulthood. It is unclear how much of this association is due to the influence of differences in familial background and shared genetics. New findings implicate a significant causal relationship between elevated drinking problems at age 18.5 and more adverse life outcomes at age 25 that cannot be fully explained by shared genetic and environmental liabilities.
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    Stress a red flag for employers to embrace financial wellness solutions
    Employee Benefit News
    More than half of Americans are worried that they will not have enough money when they retire, while others are living paycheck-to-paycheck. Without a focused workforce, employee productivity takes a nosedive and absenteeism increases, according to a new FinFit survey. And the epidemic is not going away anytime soon, signaling a red flag for employers to embrace financial wellness solutions. Here are five indicators on how bad it has become and where to begin.
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    Study: Effects of recession on work-life balance not over
    BenefitsPro
    The work-life balance of most employees is tipping more toward the workplace, according to a new study by TriNet, a cloud-based human resources provider. Employees at small and medium-sized businesses work an average of 5.14 more hours per month than in 2007. Furthermore, employees in all industries except professional services worked more hours during the recession, and working hours still have not returned to pre-recession levels.
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    In UK workplace alcohol risk assessments curb excessive drinking
    Occupational Health
    With alcohol consumption becoming an increasing problem affecting the workplace, alcohol self-assessment by employees could provide a solution, according to Don Shenker, director of the Alcohol Health Network. Hangovers and pulling "sickies" are simply the outward manifestations of drinking too much, but U.K. businesses' problem with alcohol is felt much more deeply and in ways we do not often appreciate.
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