March 2002 NewsLetter, "Helping Workers Cope: Multiemployer EAPs"
It is human nature for people to bring their personal problems with them to work. However, when problems seem to be overwhelming and affect an individual's life, outside help is needed. Employee assistance programs (EAPs), professional services that offer easy access to short-term, confidential counseling, can provide needed treatment assistance. Although most large, single employer health plans already make an EAP available to their employees, relatively few multiemployer plans offer an EAP. This NewsLetter discusses multiemployer EAPs, including the need for them; their structure, services and costs; and their benefits for participants and plan sponsors. Special considerations for multiemployer plans, such as joint-union management oversight, are addressed.
Sidebars in this NewsLetter discuss the following:
- Selected findings from a multiemployer EAP survey conducted by The Segal Company.
- Statistics on the need for EAP services and utilization of EAPs by age.