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  • New Jersey court: Mandatory follow-up alcohol testing violates rights of alcoholic employees
  • 2012 World EAP Conference PDH/CE certificates are now available!
  • Predicting the potential for violence
  • Study says prevention worth double for those with chronic conditions
  • British agency launches Arabic EAP
  • Sources: Major League Baseball creating behavioral IDs
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy 'can reduce depression'
  • More education on HDHPs needed to promote preventive care
  • Workplace alcohol testing decision to come from Canada's top court
  • Forget qualifications – most firms want cultural fit in hiring
  • Employee turnover set to rise: What can HR do?
  • Christmas is a roller-coaster season, so start showing the human face of people management

  • New Jersey court: Mandatory follow-up alcohol testing violates rights of alcoholic employees
    Mondaq    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A workplace policy requiring all employees who self-identify as in need of substance abuse treatment to submit to random alcohol testing following their return to work constitutes disability discrimination on its face, according to a recent published decision of the New Jersey Appellate Division, A.D.P. v. ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co. Finding that the employer's demand for random follow-up alcohol tests could not be justified as either a reasonable safety measure or compelled by "business necessity," as applied to an office worker with no history of poor performance, the court reinstated the employee's claim of disability discrimination brought under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination. More



    2012 World EAP Conference PDH/CE certificates are now available!
    Employee Assistance Professionals Association    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    All attendees of EAPA's 2011 Annual World EAP Conference should have received an email that includes a link to your Certificate of Attendance, listing all the sessions you attended. The email also contains your unique login credentials to the Attendee Service Center. Please log in right away and verify that your certificate is accurate. In addition, please download and save your certificate for your records! All requests for changes to your certificate must be submitted to j.price@eapassn.org by Dec. 14. An administrative fee of $15 applies to all requests for replacement, updated or re-issued conference certificates beginning Jan. 1, 2013.

    Predicting the potential for violence
    Human Resources Executive    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A jury has found the termination of a suicidal firefighter who purposely set a fire in her father's home to be in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The message to employers and HR, experts say, is to work with the appropriate professionals to make an "individualized assessment" of an employee's psychological well-being before deciding whether to cut ties. More

    Study says prevention worth double for those with chronic conditions
    Employee Benefit News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Prior research, according to StayWell Health Management and Towers Watson, demonstrated that employers can break even on wellness and preventive care initiatives within two years and achieve up to a 3:1 return on investment in three. Now a new study from the two groups says that costs savings associated with health risk reduction begin to accumulate in as little as one year, especially for those with chronic conditions. More

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    British agency launches Arabic EAP
    Employee Benefits    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The British agency CIC has launched an employee assistance program, specifically aimed at British-Arabs or those relocating to the U.K. for work. Its Arabic Counseling Support Service will provide confidential therapeutic services and emotional support. More

    Sources: Major League Baseball creating behavioral IDs
    ESPN    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The events surrounding Kansas City Chiefs football player Jovan Belcher, who killed girlfriend Kasandra Perkins before shooting himself, motivated Major League Baseball to gather information from the tragedy for behavioral profiles that theoretically enable teams to identify players who may need assistance or intervention, according to sources. Data shows that 80 MLB players or former players have committed suicide, 54 from self-inflicted gun wounds. Sources say Belcher had been engaged in an employee assistance program six to eight weeks before his death. More

    Cognitive behavioral therapy 'can reduce depression'
    BBC    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Cognitive behavioral therapy can reduce symptoms of depression in people who fail to respond to drug treatment, says a study in the Lancet. CBT was found to benefit nearly half of the 234 patients who received it combined with normal care from their GP. Up to two-thirds of people with depression do not respond to antidepressants. More



    More education on HDHPs needed to promote preventive care
    Employee Benefit News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    While 84 percent of participants in a recent study of high-deductible health plans know their plan includes a deductible (and 70 percent could correctly name the dollar amount within a 20 percent range), nearly half of all study participants mistakenly believe that their deductible applied to both preventive and non-preventive office visits and medical tests. More

    Workplace alcohol testing decision to come from Canada's top court
    CBC News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A grievance by a unionized Irving Pulp and Paper Ltd. worker over the company's practice of random alcohol testing made it all the way to Canada's highest court. The challenge, which began in 2006, is being viewed as a national test case for how far an employer can go when it comes to making intrusions on a worker's right to privacy. More

    Forget qualifications — most firms want cultural fit in hiring
    HR Morning    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    How important is it for potential employees to fit in? New research says it might trump everything — including an applicant's qualifications. More



    Employee turnover set to rise: What can HR do?
    HR.BLR    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Employee turnover may not seem like a top priority today since so many employees have been content simply having a job through the recession. With every passing month, however, more employees are feeling that the recession worries are no longer an obstacle. In fact, according to new research, around half of current employees plan to leave their job. More

    Christmas is a roller-coaster season, so start showing the human face of people management
    HR    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Employees who overdo Christmastime festivities are less of a problem for employers. It's straightforward enough to remind staff of obligations and make sure managers set a good example. Much more difficult is managing people who are struggling because of personal issues brought into worrying focus in the run up to Christmas. More


     



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