EAP NewsBrief
Dec. 10, 2013

Domestic violence costs $8.3 billion annually
Today domestic violence is known as a social, business and health priority in addition to being a criminal issue. Not only does it cause personal suffering, but domestic violence also reduces productivity, leads to absenteeism and drives up health care costs. And unless people are trained to look for it and ask about it, domestic violence is rarely identified.More

Courts, US public at odds over worker firings for 'legal' marijuana use
The Christian Science Monitor
As employers in the states where marijuana use is legal wrestle with whether to adjust their personnel policies, courts tilt toward firms' zero-tolerance rules in firings. Most Americans see that as unfair, at least one poll shows.More

New guide gives employers tools to support employees with cancer
Unum via 4-traders
A new guide offers employers an online and interactive toolkit to help address the growing impact of cancer in the workplace. An Employer's Guide to Cancer Treatment and Prevention is the first of its kind in the industry.More

Jobs that involve isolation, stress, travel can lead to substance abuse
The Montreal Gazette
Substance abuse affects the workplace but the reverse is also true, says a report from the Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety. Work that involves exposure to trauma, isolation, frequent travel, boredom or extreme stress makes employees vulnerable to self-medication to cope, say experts. The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse points to workers in transportation, construction and food service as those most susceptible to substance abuse.More

How depression can cripple business
Even a single depressed employee can have a devastating effect on a small business. And entrepreneurs themselves are hardly immune.More

Firms must tread carefully if they suspect drug addiction
The Workplace via Anchorage Daily News
If a company suspects it employs a drug addict, it should tread carefully. Any of the potential warning signs may stem from non-drug causes. For example, allergies create watery eyes. Sleep disrupted by kids, pets or worries can cause irritability and moodiness.More

Companies can take steps to minimize the risk of employment claims
Despite the monumental strides companies have made in adopting anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policies and training, there is still much work to be done in eradicating illegal activity in the trenches. A company's objectives should be two-fold: end the behavior and protect the company from being sued even if it is doing everything right.More

How to design workspaces that support employee mental health
The Business Journals
While companies invest in many strategies to support the physical health of employees, from flu vaccinations to filtered air systems, ignoring employees' mental health means businesses risk losing any gains they make in physical health support. Creating tranquil places to concentrate, especially in open-office environments, allow staff to choose their engagement level without losing the benefits of collaborative opportunities.More

Managing the ever-changing needs of the workforce
The HR Director
A flexible and agile workforce is increasingly becoming the norm. With multi generations in the workforce, each with different sets of life pressures and needs, employers must increasingly go deeper than just what employee surveys and metrics reveal, in order to understand and support their people.More

When taking care of mom and dad impacts work-life balance
The Deseret News
Much of the media attention on work-life balance has focused on how to juggle a career and raise children, but similar personal and professional sacrifices can be required of those who support aging family members who can't care for themselves. According to a 2009 study from AARP and the National Alliance for Caregiving, at least 43.5 million Americans are already providing care for someone 50 years and older, and that number is only going to increase as the population ages.More

Why dementia drugs work in lab but not in humans
In a new study, reported online in the journal Stem Cell Reports, experts suggest why non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs — which have successfully treated molecular signs of Alzheimer’s disease in cell and animal models — eventually failed in clinical studies. They discovered that although the compounds worked in non-neuronal cells lines typically used in pharmaceutical drug screening, human neurons are resistant to this class of drugs.More