Arkansas Counseling Services/ EAPs laws & HR compliance analysis

Arkansas Counseling Services/ EAPs: What you need to know

Human resources generalists, as well as employees assistance program (EAP) counselors, managers, and directors, can keep abreast of the issues related to EAPs by joining a chapter of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA). These groups also provide guidance to employers that have not yet set up employee assistance programs in their own companies.
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Arkansas employers may obtain information about setting up or belonging to a regional group by contacting:
Employee Assistance Professionals Association, Inc.
4350 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 410
Arlington, VA 22203
703-387-1000
703-522-4585 (fax)
Arkansas has an EAP for state employees designed to provide short-term counseling services, work-life support,and legal and financial guidance to help employees and their families handle concerns constructively before they become major issues. Areas of assistance include confidential, free counseling, legal assistance and support, financial information and resources, and personalized work-life solutions for childcare, eldercare, moving, and more. For more information, call GuidanceResources at 1-877-247-4621 or go to www.arbenefits.org.
Employers that participate in a drug-free workplace program will receive at least a 5 percent reduction on workers’ compensation premiums provided they participate in Arkansas’s Voluntary Program for Drug-Free Workplaces. Among other things, this law requires employers to provide information, education, and training to employees and supervisors on drug and alcohol abuse, and also about their employee assistance options (this is generally part of an EAP). In addition, the ...

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