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How Long is Too Long for a Medical Leave of Absence?

September 5, 2012
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If you are granting a leave to an employee as an accommodation, your best defense to a potential ADA claim is to open a dialogue with the employee about a return date, and prepare to be flexible.
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On-Site Wellness Programs See Growth, Gain Support of Senior Executives

July 31, 2012
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For a majority of employers, the lack of ROI data has not stemmed incremental expansions in the types of services offered at the on-site centers.
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NFL Creates Wellness Program for Current, Former Players

July 30, 2012
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The league is being sued by thousands of former professional football players who say the league misled them about the dangers of concussions.
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Substance-Abuse Intervention Works Best When the Boss Steps In: Study

July 10, 2012
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A new study reveals supervisors must go past detection and aid in enforcement of substance-abuse policies to deter use of alcohol and drugs on the job.
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Lingering Personal Burdens Prompt Employers to Add Alternative Benefits

June 4, 2012
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Easing personal stress is among the goals for adding free or low-cost legal services. One study indicates that workers who do not hire an attorney to help with legal issues are nearly three times as likely to spend five to 10 hours at work dealing with those problems than those who do hire counsel.
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How Do We Convince Execs That an EAP Is Needed?

May 15, 2012
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We have put lots of thought into developing a good framework and broad operational standards for a new employee-assistance program. This approach to “people management” is new to our executives. What can we do to convince top brass to let us launch the program globally? —People Who Need People, Counsel Us on EAPs, learning and development director, finance/insurance/real estate, Kuala Lumpur
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Emergency Alaska Preacher: The 'EAP' of the Last Frontier

May 8, 2012
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An oil and gas company operating in Alaska has an employee assistance program in place, but says such a plan might not be able to react quickly enough, given the remote setting. A firm offering in-house chaplain services is there to fill the void.
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EAPs Modernize, but Employees Are Slow to Catch On

February 21, 2012
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Despite the smorgasbord of new services, few employees use their employee assistance program, studies show. The national average for utilization has hovered around 3 percent for years.
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EAP Proves a Giant Step for Ballplayers

February 21, 2012
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For Michael Paolercio, director of employee assistance programs, work-life and wellness services for the San Francisco Giants, winning the World Series in 2010 proved the organization's ability to handle stress and show resilience under pressure.
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