EAP NewsBrief
Nov. 20, 2012

Workplace violence accounts for nearly 1 in 5
fatal work injuries in US

Employment Screening Resources
Preliminary statistics from the 2011 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries program conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics reveal that nearly 1 in every 5 fatal work injuries was attributed not to accidents but to workplace violence. The CFOI found that of the 4,609 total fatal work injuries recorded in the United States in 2011, 780 fatalities — or nearly 17 percent — were a result of violence and other injuries by persons or animals.More

Increase seen in US suicide rate since recession
The New York Times
The rate of suicide in the United States rose sharply during the first few years since the start of the recession, a new analysis has found. In the report, which appeared on the website of The Lancet, a medical journal, researchers found that the rate between 2008 and 2010 increased four times faster than it did in the eight years before the recession.More

Study finds more workplace flexibility keeps staff happy, healthy
Providing employees with flexible work options like elastic schedules, support benefits and care arrangements for children will reap employers a return though increased loyalty and lower sick leave rates, research has found. The findings — which reflect those from various other flexible work studies — were part of research conducted by Charles Sturt University.More

Experts: Back-to-work focus needed for mental health provision
Health Insurance
Getting employees back to work must be the principle aim of employer-funded treatment for mental health, according to a group of senior industry figures. Experts from the fields of psychiatry, well-being and health insurance gathered to discuss the topic of mental health agreed that both psychiatric and non-psychiatric interventions need to be specifically return to work-oriented in order for group protection and private medical insurance products to work successfully.More

Unleashing the workforce
Human Resource Executive
Unilever is taking worker agility to a whole new level by enabling staff to come and go as they please. As a result, executives at the company say, the multinational firm is reaping significant benefits, including huge cost savings and greater worker productivity.More

Workplace bullies: Back off
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Recently, Fulton County, Ga., banned bullying in the workplace, making it a fireable offense. The director of a workplace institute praises Commissioner Bill Edwards, who proposed the rules for addressing the harm bullying inflicts on victims and the work environment. While a criminal justice professor applauds anti-bullying policies intent, he says they aren't an instant answer. And another professor suggests that Georgia adopt legislation geared to deter bullying.More

Colorado, Washington laws don't send drug policies up in smoke
Employee Benefit News
Despite the "buzz" about Colorado's and Washington's new marijuana laws, predictions suggesting a dramatic effect of these laws on drug-free workplace policies are likely little more than hot air. Despite the dramatic headlines, a close look at the measures approved reveals that it is unlikely that employers in the affected states will need to take any swift action to amend their drug-free workplace policies or their drug-testing programs on account of these laws.More

Avoiding pitfalls of corporate weight-loss programs
Some researchers who study weight and related stigma issues question if well-intentioned employers might be venturing into risky territory with company weight-loss initiatives. Depending upon how these programs are designed, they can potentially jeopardize better health by heightening weight-linked pressures that already exist in the workplace, they say.More

1 in 3 people bullied at work
HR Magazine
VideoBriefOne in three people have suffered some form of bullying at work, according to a survey by One Poll. The survey revealed that 43 percent of those bullied do nothing about it and 1 in 10 of them are forced to leave their job due to bullying.More

Companies can reduce threats from whistle-blowers by encouraging
them to first report allegations internally

Business Insurance
A corporate culture that encourages employees to feel comfortable reporting problems internally is the most effective factor in discouraging whistle-blowers from first going to federal agencies, legal experts say. Experts say whistle-blowers are a looming problem for companies, particularly given the generous awards that have been granted to date.More