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Table of Contents
  • EAPA CEO invited to White House event
  • Small businesses: Purchasing an EAP can combat workplace violence
  • EAPA incoming President Lucy Henry interviewed about workplace suicide response
  • When a company's wellness program oversteps its legal boundaries
  • It's Disaster Preparedness Month — companies urged to plan for the unthinkable
  • UK: New drug testing to combat drug misuse in the workplace
  • How one state helps veterans successfully transition to a civilian marketplace
  • Why female ex-convicts may have a harder time finding work than their male counterparts
  • New rules may allow benefits long denied to Vietnam-era vets
  • Drug testing & safety: What's the connection?

  • EAPA CEO invited to White House event
    Employee Assistance Professionals Association
    EAPA CEO, Dr. John Maynard, has been invited to participate in a special event at the White House on Wednesday, Sept. 17, to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. This special event, to take place from 2-4 p.m. EDT, is intended to celebrate and honor millions of persons in recovery. It will be streamed live on www.WhiteHouse.gov/Live. EAPA members and friends, family members, and persons in the recovery community are encouraged to tune in. The event will feature moderated tweets with questions for panelists in recovery. To submit your question for consideration on Twitter, tweet at @Botticelli44 using the hashtag #RecoveryatWH at any time prior to or during the event. Supporting persons in recovery from addiction has become a major priority of President Barack Obama's administration and the Office of National Drug Control Strategy (ONDCP). David Mineta, Deputy Director of ONDCP's Office of Demand Reduction, will be the day two Keynote Speaker at EAPA's World EAP Conference in Orlando, where he will highlight the new priorities and opportunities for EAPs.
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    Small businesses: Purchasing an EAP can combat workplace violence
    Chicago Business
    The statistics are sobering. Each year, about 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experiences a mental health issue, and studies show such struggles don't just happen before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m. A 2013 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found that full-time workers with depression missed, on average, four more workdays in a year than their peers and that the American economy takes a $23 billion productivity punch to the gut annually because of workers' mental health issues.
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    EAPA incoming President Lucy Henry interviewed about workplace suicide response
    Employee Assistance Professionals Association
    Lucy Henry, EAPA's incoming president, has been interviewed by Employee Benefits News about how managers can help employees through the grieving process when they are faced with the suicide of a co-worker. Lucy will be installed as EAPA president and will share her vision for EAPA's future on Thursday, Oct. 2, at the annual Awards Luncheon & President's Address during EAPA's 2014 World EAP Conference in Orlando. Lucy earned her CEAP in 2001, served as president of the South Carolina EAPA Chapter from 2004-2006, and in 2008 was elected to the EAPA Board of Directors. She served as District 2 Director for two terms before being elected as President Elect in 2012.
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    When a company's wellness program oversteps its legal boundaries
    Human Resource Executive Online
    A new front on the legal battleground is opening up: when a company's wellness program is accused of overstepping its legal boundaries.
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    It's Disaster Preparedness Month — companies urged to plan for the unthinkable
    HR.BLR
    September is National Preparedness Month and ready.gov asks workplaces to take action by planning a National PrepareAthon! Day on or around Sept. 30 to take the opportunity to prepare employees for specific hazards through drills, group discussions, and exercises for six specific hazards: earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, and winter storms.
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    UK: New drug testing to combat drug misuse in the workplace
    theHRDIRECTOR
    Contrary to popular stereotypes which portray drug users as homeless, unemployed or on the edge of society, almost one in 10 of the U.K. workforce admits to recent drug misuse, according to a report commissioned by the Department of Health in 2012. With comment from Dr Paul Yates, from Intelligent Fingerprinting. While occupation type has a bearing on illicit drug use statistics, a study by the U.K. Health & Safety Executive noted that many working drug users are well-educated, reside in more affluent urban areas and are in managerial or professional roles.
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    How one state helps veterans successfully transition to a civilian marketplace
    Houston Chronicle
    There are a number of programs and places designed to help veterans successfully transition to a civilian marketplace. One of these is the Texas Workforce Commission. It provides employment, training and related services to veterans via a network of partnerships. Services provided to veterans include job search assistance, pre-employment and work readiness, education, training, assessment and planning, case management, information and referral to support services, and life skills. TWC also offers veterans priority service for all workforce services, a two-day hold on new job postings in WorkInTexas.com to ensure that veterans get first viewing, and a veteran-specific job search portal into WorkInTexas.com via the Texas Veterans Portal.
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    Why female ex-convicts may have a harder time finding work than their male counterparts
    NewsWorks
    A body of research has found that a criminal record can spell economic disaster for men. But for many years, few experts looked at how female ex-convicts fare in the job market — even as the number of women locked up in Pennsylvania and other states skyrocketed. Recently, though, researchers have found evidence that women with criminal records might actually have a harder time finding a job than their male counterparts.
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    New rules may allow benefits long denied to Vietnam-era vets
    The New York Times
    Thousands of Vietnam-era veterans barred from receiving benefits because of less-than-honorable discharges may be eligible for upgrades under a new set of guidelines released by the Defense Department. The new rules offer the first guidance to military discharge review boards on how to address post-traumatic stress disorder. Many experts and veterans' advocates assert that the disorder may have contributed to misconduct by veterans who were later kicked out of the military and stripped of benefits.
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    Drug testing & safety: What's the connection?
    OH&S
    Born some 30 years ago, drug testing in the workplace connects to occupational safety as a key component in protecting the safety, health and welfare of employees, as well as the general public. Drug testing programs can contribute to the reduction of employee injury- and illness-related costs, including medical care, sick leave, and disability benefit costs. A survey of human resource professionals recorded that companies with high workers' compensation incidence rates reported a drop from 14 percent to 6 percent after implementing drug testing programs, an improvement of 57 percent. The Drug & Alcohol Testing Industry Association and the Society for Human Resource Management conducted this survey in March 2011.
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