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  • Victory — US regulatory agencies affirm EAPs as 'limited excepted benefits'
  • CDC study shows dramatic increase in baby boomer suicide rates
  • Elder Care Impact on EA addressed in 4th quarter issue of JEA
  • The 1st blood test for depression opens a workplace Pandora's box
  • 76 percent of employers exploring use of personalized digital health technologies
  • Secret Service problems attributed to low morale
  • Study: suggests "tough love" managerial strategy ineffective in the workplace
  • Illegal: Asking an employee for family medical history
  • In UK employees still hiding mental health conditions from their employers
  • European mental health experts turn to Canada to lead campaign targeting depression

  • Victory — US regulatory agencies affirm EAPs as 'limited excepted benefits'
    Employee Assistance Professionals Association
    Late last year, the U.S. Departments of Labor, Treasury and HHS jointly published proposed regulations that would define conditions under which EAPs would qualify as excepted benefits for purposes of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and the Affordable Care Act. The departments invited public comment from interested parties. In response, EAPA submitted a letter supporting EAPs as excepted benefits and analyzing the proposed criteria for exception. On Oct. 1, a final rule was issued in our favor, and "limited excepted benefits," will include EAPs. To learn more about this issue, consult the Public Policy section of the EAPA website. Interested parties can also read a copy of the Amendments to Excepted Benefits.
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    CDC study shows dramatic increase in baby boomer suicide rates
    Pysch Central
    We baby boomers have been lucky. Born into post-World War II prosperity, we grew up with more access to nutrition, medical care and education than any other generation in history. We've had opportunities undreamed of by our ancestors, and through our sheer numbers — 78 million strong — we've dominated the political and cultural landscape. So why are we so unhappy?
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    Elder Care Impact on EA addressed in 4th quarter issue of JEA
    Employee Assistance Professionals Association
    As much of the world's populations age, EAPs are in a perfect position to help employees who are struggling with elder care issues. The fourth quarter journal also features articles on military sexual trauma, EAP market research in the 21st Century, a global look at EAP from a multinational perspective as well as "Obtaining, Retrieving & Protecting Clinical Records" by EAP Legal expert Sandra G. Nye, J.D., MSW. For EAPA members only, current JEA issues are available on the EAPA website. Past issues going back to 2005 are archived online.
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    The 1st blood test for depression opens a workplace Pandora's box
    BRW
    Can you imagine a job "interview" involving a visit to your local pathology center instead of the boardroom table? It might not be as crazy as it sounds. The field of psychology took a huge leap forward last month with an announcement that NorthWestern Medicine had developed the first blood-based diagnosis for depression.
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    76 percent of employers exploring use of personalized digital health technologies
    Employee Benefit News
    Market research firm Canalys recently projected that wearable device shipments will grow 129 percent year over year to reach 43.2 million units in 2015. Towers Watson and the National Business Group on Health, meanwhile, found that 76 percent of the employers it surveyed are exploring the use of personalized digital health technologies, including mobile health applications and fitness wearables, as well as social media to encourage greater physical activity among their employees.
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    Secret Service problems attributed to low morale
    Government Executive
    Low employee morale adversely affects employee performance. When morale deteriorates, and it's not addressed, at some point it transitions to what is best understood as workplace depression. This can happen when employees feel "overwhelmed, lost or fatigued as a result of excessive work demands," says David Ulrich, one of the country's experts on workforce issues. This also is a likely explanation for problems at the Secret Service.
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    Study suggests 'tough love' managerial strategy ineffective in the workplace
    Psych Central
    A new study suggests the "tough love" managerial strategy that evokes a boot camp and drill sergeant is ineffective in the workplace. In fact, employees who are verbally abused by supervisors are more likely to "act out" at work, in the form of anything from taking a too-long lunch break to stealing.
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    Illegal: Asking an employee for family medical history
    Human Resource Executive Online
    Asking an employee for access to his or her family's medical history is difficult to justify in court, legal experts say, just as a new lawsuit puts the issue of "overbroad" medical inquiries in the spotlight.
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    In UK employees still hiding mental health conditions from their employers
    Actuarial Post
    The shocking truth about mental health in the workplace has been revealed by research carried out on behalf of Friends Life. The new survey shows that huge numbers of employees in the U.K. are still hiding mental health conditions from their employers for fear of it affecting their job.
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    European mental health experts turn to Canada to lead campaign targeting depression
    Ottawa Citizen
    On Oct. 8, Canada's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Gordon Campbell, hosted a reception in London for 75 business leaders from among the European Union's corporate giants, kicking off the European Business Leadership Forum that will lead the charge to make workplaces more "brain healthy." At the same time, businessman Bill Wilkerson, one of Canada's most outspoken mental health advocates, is stitching together what he calls a "business and science alliance" to broaden the campaign against depression at work into a major "rethink" of how mental illness is studied and approached.
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