North Dakota Counseling Services/ EAPs laws & HR compliance analysis

North Dakota Counseling Services/ EAPs: What you need to know

Human resources generalists, as well as employee assistance program (EAP) counselors, managers, and directors can keep abreast of the issues related to EAPs by joining a chapter of the EAPA. These groups also provide guidance to employers that have not yet set up EAPs in their own companies.
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Although North Dakota has not yet established a chapter, the Upper Midwest chapter in Minnesota serves the eastern North Dakota area. Contact information for the chapter’s offices is available at http://www.eapa.info. Meanwhile, North Dakota 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
The state of North Dakota offers an EAP to its employees. Regular and probationary employees are eligible if they work at least 20 hours a week and at least 20 weeks each year in a regularly funded (permanent) position. The service is free to employees. The state-provided EAP arranges short-term counseling services, and also provides referrals to assist employees in dealing with personal problems. Assistance is confidential.
To use the EAP, employees should contact the designated EAP provider for their agency, their supervisor, or human resource personnel. Information about the EAP is available from the North Dakota Employees Retirement System website at http://www.nd.gov.

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