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Table of Contents
  • Painkiller addiction: Nothing new for EAPs
  • 'Unlimited Access' package offers online access to 2014 and 2013 World EAP Conference sessions
  • Is the quantified employee a healthier employee?
  • How successful people deal with stress
  • Study: 28 percent of workers in US have been bullied on the job
  • EAP — 1 of the 4 core programs of comprehensive wellness
  • Domestic violence: Emotional and financial impact in the workplace
  • EEOC reviewing wellness programs for ADA violations
  • How marijuana legislation will affect drug testing in the workplace
  • Study: Exercise protects brain from depression

  • Painkiller addiction: Nothing new for EAPs
    Workforce
    An injured worker with a painkiller addiction not only represents a health and safety concern for that individual, but also presents potential liabilities for the employer. Opioid painkiller addiction rates in the U.S. have risen to epidemic proportions since their widespread adoption two decades ago. "These heavy-duty painkillers have become a real scourge; people are dying from this problem. The overdose problem is real with good people," said Michael Clarkson, chair of the drug testing practice group at law firm Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart.
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    'Unlimited Access' package offers online access to 2014 and 2013 World EAP Conference sessions
    Employee Assistance Professionals Association
    For anyone who missed the extraordinary learning opportunities of the 2014 World EAP Conference, EAPA's 2014 Unlimited Access Pack is now available for purchase! This package provides unlimited access to both this year's World EAP Conference in Orlando, and the 2013 World EAP Conference in Phoenix. Purchasers of the package can view or review as many sessions from both conferences as they want — any time, at their convenience — AND receive PDHs and NASW, and California BBS CE contact hours while doing so. Keynotes sessions are full multimedia re-creations with synchronized audio, video and slides. Breakout sessions include synchronized audio and slides. All session handouts are also included and can be downloaded. The Unlimited Access Pack usually sells to EAPA members for just $299 and to non-members for $399. Enter promo code EAPA2014 for an additional $100 (or $50) discount at checkout.
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    Is the quantified employee a healthier employee?
    Fast Company
    Incorporating fitness trackers such as Fitbits, Jawbone Up bands and Nike FuelBands into employee wellness programs is now considered the vogue solution to create a healthier workforce. The idea is that by ramping up physical activity, productivity will increase, absenteeism numbers will fall, morale will rise and a little healthy competition will improve morale. But while there's little data to support claims that wearable fitness trackers can make good on these lofty promises, there are other issues at play with introducing these wearable devices into the workplace.
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    How successful people deal with stress
    Entrepreneur
    A survey by TalentSmart showed that 90 percent of top performers know how to manage their emotions in times of stress so that they remain cool, calm and able to do what needs to be done. That's an important lesson in and of itself for all of us — because all of us experience stress in our lives. Research has shown that some stress is good for us: it helps us perform at optimal levels. Too much stress, however, can have serious psychological and physiological repercussions. Since we can’t necessarily avoid most stress — especially in our work environments — it's to our benefit to learn how to deal with it, and learn from the examples of those who are already successful.
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    Study: 28 percent of workers in US have been bullied on the job
    The News Journal
    We've had a few news items here lately about bullies; here's another one many of you can probably relate to — being bullied at work. According to a new study by careerbuilder.com, 28 percent of workers in the U.S. say they have been bullied on the job. When those in the study who reported being bullied were asked who the main person doing the bullying was, 46 percent said it was a coworker while 45 percent said it was their actual boss doing the bullying.
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    EAP — 1 of the 4 core programs of comprehensive wellness
    Employee Benefit News
    When shopping around for a wellness program partner, it's the details that matter. All comprehensive wellness platforms should consist of four core programs — wellness, disease management, EAP and work life components — says Yale Mallinger of wellness company HMC-HealthWorks, but it's what makes up those components that will make or break a plan. Therefore, advisers must do their due diligence when choosing a wellness provider to work with, he says.
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    Domestic violence: Emotional and financial impact in the workplace
    HR.BLR.com
    The Ray Rice situation — its prominence in the media, the discussion it has sparked beyond the realm of sports and the awareness it has raised to the problem of domestic violence — should cause all employers to pause and consider their workplace policies and culture. They should consider whether they are adequately addressing the pernicious problem of domestic violence in order to ensure a safe workplace and to reduce the risk of litigation and other significant costs.
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    EEOC reviewing wellness programs for ADA violations
    BenefitsPro
    Wellness program managers, take note: The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is taking a close look at such programs to ensure they meet the tenets of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The commission recently announced it had filed a second lawsuit challenging a corporate wellness program design based on the EEOC's interpretation of the ADA. The target of this suit: Flambeau, Inc., a Baraboo, Wisconsin-based plastics manufacturing company employing 1,600 people.
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    How marijuana legislation will affect drug testing in the workplace
    Forbes
    Can you fire an employee for testing positive for marijuana? That question becomes more difficult to answer with every passing election. So far, 23 U.S. states have legalized medical marijuana, with Colorado and Washington voting to legalize recreational marijuana as well. Many employers — especially those operating in states with these new laws — have questioned how these changes will affect their workplace drug testing policies and whether it's still possible to promote and maintain a drug-free workplace.
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    Study: Exercise protects brain from depression
    National Post
    Endorphins came first, those home-grown opioids or pain-killers called "runner's high." Then came the endocabbinoids, the pleasure-inducing molecules released during hard exercise that turn exercise nuts into gym rats. Now, decades after scientists first speculated on the effects of physical activity on the brain, Swedish researchers have discovered a new reason for lacing up those sneakers: Exercise not only feels good, it protects the brain from depression.
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