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  • EAPs and the Affordable Care Act — DOL issues guidance
  • US national survey: Workplace drug abuse persists; marijuana, heroin use increase
  • Affordable Care Act may steer 40 million to drug, alcohol programs
  • EAPA reaches out to young EA professionals with $325 'Next Generation' discount
  • First responders after traumatic events: 'People think you're trained for that, but you're not'
  • Small business can use EAPs to manage stress
  • Employers worry about health care costs, mental health
  • Caregiving can hurt employee health — and increase employer costs
  • Study: Return-to-work strategies needed for employees with depression
  • Employers can help employees deal with financial stress
  • Virtual role-play shows promise for addressing mental health
  • Study: Age discrimination in the workplace an ongoing problem
  • Why staff benefits count in the age of the economic squeeze
  • Social media blurs lines in the workplace

  • EAPs and the Affordable Care Act — DOL issues guidance
    Employee Assistance Professionals Association
    In response to many questions from EAPA and the EA field, the U.S. Department of Labor on Friday, Sept. 13, issued guidance regarding whether EAP benefits to employees fall under Affordable Care Act requirements. DOL's guidance says, "The Departments intend to amend 26 C.F.R. §54.9831-1(c), 29 C.F.R. §2590.732(c), and 45 C.F.R. §146.145(c) to provide that benefits under an employee assistance program or EAP are considered to be excepted benefits, but only if the program does not provide significant benefits in the nature of medical care or treatment. Excepted benefits are not subject to the market reforms and are not minimum essential coverage under Code § 5000A. Until rulemaking is finalized, through at least 2014, the Departments will consider an employee assistance program or EAP to constitute excepted benefits only if the employee assistance program or EAP does not provide significant benefits in the nature of medical care or treatment. For this purpose, employers may use a reasonable, good faith interpretation of whether an employee assistance program or EAP provides significant benefits in the nature of medical care or treatment."
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    US national survey: Workplace drug abuse persists; marijuana, heroin use increase
    Lexology
    Results from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings and Detailed Tables, finds that 8.9 percent of full-time employees and 12.5 percent of part-time employees, 18 years of age and older, are current illicit drug users, while 18.1 percent of unemployed adults in that age group are current illicit drug users. The survey is based on screening at nearly 154,000 addresses and interviews with more than 63,000 individuals, contains an ominous reminder for employers: "... most illicit drug users are employed."
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    Affordable Care Act may steer 40 million to drug, alcohol programs
    Benefits Pro
    At least one study estimates that 40 million folks may enter drug and/or alcohol rehab programs once the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act takes effect. "I don't think there's another illness that will be more affected by the Affordable Care Act," Dr. Thomas McLellan, former deputy director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, told California Health.
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    EAPA reaches out to young EA professionals with $325 'Next Generation' discount
    Employee Assistance Professionals Association
    The future of the EA profession depends on young EA professionals finding ways to meet and network with each other, learn from more seasoned mentors and contribute their cutting edge ideas to the evolution of EA services and EAP design. To facilitate young professionals' engagement with the EAP community, EAPA is offering a huge $325 discount on registration for the 2013 World EAP Conference in Phoenix to anyone under 35 years old. Young entrepreneurial clinicians interested in EAP, employers who have high potential young EA staff members, students and young professionals already in the EA field can all take advantage of this offer.
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    First responders after traumatic events: 'People think you're trained for that, but you're not'
    South Jersey Times
    Death, violence and graphic images are part of the job for police. They are trained to handle such situations, but the impact on the psyche can begin to take a toll. For some, it's a cumulative thing, multiple events piled atop each other to cause mental anguish.
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    Small business can use EAPs to manage stress
    SmallBusiness
    In practice holistic treatment is a valuable way to approach some of the well-being challenges that are present within the workplace. So in dealing with stress there are a few things to focus on, including employee assistance programs.
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    Employers worry about health care costs, mental health
    Benefits Canada
    Controlling health care costs is the top benefits priority of Canadian employers for 2014 — along with addressing mental health issues, a survey reveals. This year, as many as 68 percent of companies worry about health care costs for 2014, up from 45 percent last year, according to Morneau Shepell’s annual survey on compensation trends and projections.
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    Caregiving can hurt employee health — and increase employer costs
    The Huffington Post
    A 2011 Gallup study says full-time employee absenteeism due to caregiving duties costs employers some $25 billion annually. What is less obvious is the hidden impact caregiving has on employee health. Byproducts of unrelenting stress, such as depression and poor sleep, and a lack of attention to personal health, including nutrition and exercise or neglecting preventive care, take a toll.
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    Study: Return-to-work strategies needed for employees with depression
    Benefits Canada
    Organizations across Canada need to put in place graduated return-to-work strategies to help employees after being treated for depression, according to a report. The Conference Board of Canada report, Depression in the Workplace: Insights From Employees and Supervisors, finds that two-thirds of employees who return to work have difficulties concentrating, remembering things, making decisions and performing tasks — even after being medically cleared to return to their jobs.
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    Employers can help employees deal with financial stress
    Employee Benefit News
    The financial well-being of employees affects both their health and their productivity. In addition, employees' financial problems become employers' financial problems. Employers who understand the current status of this stress can help improve the financial wellness of their employees and improve the company's bottom line at the same time.
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    Virtual role-play shows promise for addressing mental health
    Counseling Today
    A developer of online and mobile role-playing training simulations and games is helping individuals who are not trained in mental health to become more familiar with at-risk behaviors and how to respond to them. Christine Karper and Michelle Stone, members of the American Counseling Association's Cyber Task Force, view such developments positively, not only because these simulations show potential for raising public awareness of mental health, but also because they indicate another step forward in the integration of technology into behavioral health.
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    Study: Age discrimination in the workplace an ongoing problem
    Canadian HR Reporter
    An online poll of 5,230 Canadians, found more than one-half (57 percent) of mature workers want to stay in the workforce — but on their own terms. But some are deterred by significant gaps in many employers' retention strategies for mature workers — a systemic problem researchers attribute to age discrimination.
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    Why staff benefits count in the age of the economic squeeze
    Growth Business
    It's worth considering the importance of various workplace conditions in terms of how much staff value them. From flexible working to group health insurance and help with child care, there's a raft of benefits that can be introduced specifically as a way of raising employee satisfaction and lowering sickness absence rates.
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    Social media blurs lines in the workplace
    Pay Scale Career News
    Workplace dynamics have become increasingly problematic thanks to social media making the lives of employees and employers easily accessible online. Can this intermingling of personal and professional be detrimental to the workplace hierarchy?
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