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  • EAPA offers full registration scholarships for 2014 World EAP Conference
  • Study: Stress sources differ for managers and employees — and why it matters
  • ACA update: Different US courts weigh in on healthcare insurance reform
  • Medical marijuana covered by workers' comp
  • A landmark donation to psychiatric research may result in new treatments for mental illness
  • 5 things employers should know about prescription painkiller use
  • Employers take to meditation as a perk in relaxing staff
  • Depression and stress are killing productivity
  • Study: Alcohol and energy drink combo may increase urge to drink
  • Annual economic cost of alcohol and illicit drug misuse to Australia estimated at $23.7 billion
  • Why farmer suicide rates are the highest of any occupation

  • EAPA offers full registration scholarships for 2014 World EAP Conference
    EAPA
    The EAPA Board of Directors has authorized two Hennessy Scholarship Awards for the 2014 Annual World EAP Conference in Orlando, Florida, Sept. 29 - Oct. 2. Each scholarship covers the cost of a full conference registration. To be considered, applicants must complete an online application and submit a letter of recommendation. The scholarships will be awarded to EAPA members (one labor affiliated and one not affiliated with labor) who demonstrate a financial need for support and a strong need and desire to participate in conference activities. Deadline for receipt of all applications and recommendations is Monday, Aug. 18.
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    Study: Stress sources differ for managers and employees — and why it matters
    Forbes
    A study earlier this year from Towers Watson examined the sources of stress at work and found that managers and employees view the problem very differently. The study is called Workforce Stress: The Employer/Employee Disconnect, and involved approximately 5,000 workers at companies with over 1,000 employees. If there's a substantive "disconnect" and lack of understanding between the two groups, a fair question is: Can management effectively address the problem of workplace stress if it doesn't fully understand what the problem is?
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    ACA update: Different US courts weigh in on healthcare insurance reform
    HR.BLR
    Since health care insurance reform (the Affordable Care Act or ACA) became law in 2010, there have been a variety of judicial challenges to it, and it appears that the court system isn't finished with the law yet. In fact, the ACA has seen a lot of court action this summer.
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    Medical marijuana covered by workers' comp
    HR.BLR
    The New Mexico Court of Appeals recently ruled that an employer must pay for an injured worker's medical marijuana. This appears to be the nation's first appellate court ruling in a workers' compensation case in which an employer has been ordered to pay for medical marijuana prescribed by an employee's health care provider to treat a workplace injury.
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    A landmark donation to psychiatric research may result in new treatments for mental illness
    The New York Times
    Basic research into mental illness is sputtering, and many drug makers have all but abandoned the search for new treatments. Despite decades of costly research, experts have learned virtually nothing about the causes of psychiatric disorders and have developed no truly novel drug treatments in more than a quarter century. Some researchers argued that a better strategy would be to find the genes involved in psychiatric disorders. This approach would give them new molecular targets for drugs they could test. Yet the staggering complexity of the brain has yielded few secrets.
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    5 things employers should know about prescription painkiller use
    Canadian Occupational Safety
    Twenty-three percent of the workforce has misused prescription painkillers, found the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, making opioid use a serious threat to employee safety. "Most employers understand how detrimental illegal drugs can be in the workplace, but few recognize the toll of the prescription painkiller epidemic," said Deborah Hersman, president and CEO of NSC. Even when employees are taking opioid painkillers at the correct dosage with a valid prescription, subtle impairment may compromise workplace safety.
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    Employers take to meditation as a perk in relaxing staff
    Employee Benefit News
    Meditation is not just some quirky, hippy philosophy; it is actually grounded in physiology. Some companies have taken these benefits so seriously that they have dedicated quiet rooms within the office so employees can meditate.
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    Depression and stress are killing productivity
    Government Executive
    In a hypercompetitive global economy, organizations must be "on" 24/7. Yet this scramble for perpetual performance is taking a harsh toll on employees. They relentlessly push to get ahead and stay ahead — working longer days, emailing after hours, taking fewer vacations — often with little acknowledgment for their efforts. The result is a workforce that's not just disengaged (Gallup's 2013 State of the American Workplace report revealed that 70 percent of U.S. employees fall into this category), but also stressed and depressed. And here's the irony, the constant hustle aimed at increasing productivity and profitability actually decreases both. And since there's a stigma around mental health issues, people aren't seeking help.
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    Study: Alcohol and energy drink combo may increase urge to drink
    University Herald
    Adding alcohol to energy drinks may lead to an increased urge to drink, according to a recent study HealthDay reported. Researchers found that combining energy drinks with alcohol increases people's desire to keep drinking more than if they drank alcohol alone.
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    Annual economic cost of alcohol and illicit drug misuse to Australia estimated at $23.7 billion
    Business Insider
    As an employer or a work colleague, would you know if someone in your workplace was struggling with an alcohol or other drug problem, or a mental illness, or both? In severe instances the warning signs might be obvious. However, people often don't reach out for help at work, meaning addiction may not be identified as the cause of their lower productivity, sick days or erratic behavior.
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    Why farmer suicide rates are the highest of any occupation
    The Huffington Post
    The next time you're munching on that delicious corn or eating something that comes from a farm, think about this: Suicide rates in farmers are the highest of any occupation. That's an alarming statistic. So large are the number of farmer suicides that Max Kutner of Newsweek (April 10, 2014) has called it an international crisis. It's a case where the job can kill you.
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