United Benefit Advisors Insight and Analysis Blog

Are you addressing your employee’s financial health?

Posted by: Nancy Cannon, LCSW, LMHP, CEAP    Oct 3, 2017 8:30:00 AM

The importance of health and wellness in the workplace is more apparent than ever. It’s obvious why healthy individuals make better employees and the positive impact this has on your bottom line. When thinking about building a program to improve the well-being of your employees, don’t forget about the importance of their financial health.

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Topics: employee benefits, Employee Assistance Programs, financial stress, financial health

Understanding EAP Confidentiality

Posted by: Kathryn Schneider, LPC, CEAP    Sep 5, 2017 8:30:00 AM

When it comes to Employee Assistance Programs, confidentiality is a concern for both employers and employees. As an employer, it is helpful to understand the terms and processes your EAP uses to keep information confidential and ensure that your employees and your workplace are safe.

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Topics: Employee Assistance Programs, HIPAA privacy, EAP

When Grief Comes to Work

Posted by: Kathryn Schneider, LPC, CEAP    Aug 8, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Death and loss touch all of us, usually many times throughout our lives. Yet we may feel unprepared and uncomfortable when grief intrudes into our daily routines. As a manager, when grief impacts your employees it’s helpful to have a basic understanding of what they are going through as well as ways you can help.

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Topics: Employee Assistance Programs, employee leave management, grief, return to work plan

Getting the Most Out of an Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Posted by: Nancy Cannon, LCSW, LMHP, CEAP    Apr 6, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Many employers understand the value of having an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) since the heart and soul of organizations are employees. Employees who are physically and mentally healthy, highly productive, engaged in their work, and loyal to their employer contribute positively to their employer’s bottom line. Fortunately, most employees are positive contributors, yet even the best of employees can occasionally have issues or circumstances arise that may inadvertently impact their jobs in a negative way. Having an EAP in place that can address these issues early may mitigate any negative impact to the workplace. This is a win-win for both employees and employers.

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Topics: voluntary benefits, Employee Assistance Programs, EAP

Regulatory Agencies Propose Expansion of “Excepted Benefits”

Posted by: Linda Rowings    Jan 13, 2014 7:49:00 AM

By Linda Rowings
Chief Compliance Officer
United Benefit Advisors 

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Topics: ACA, HRAs, health care reform, EAPs, Employee Assistance Programs, HIPAA, ERISA, Internal Revenue Code, Group health plans

Helping Employees During Their Darkest Hours

Posted by: Bill Olson    May 23, 2013 11:37:00 AM

The tragic tornadoes that struck Oklahoma earlier this week remind us all again how important Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) are for the workplace. Yet, according to the preliminary UBA Ancillary Benefits Survey, of the 8,557 employers answering questions about employee assistance programs (EAPs), only 21.8 percent of employers offer EAPs. That percentage drops to 9.4 among small (fewer than 50 employees) and to 19.2 percent among midsize companies (fewer than 500 employees). Employers shouldn’t forget to incorporate these programs into their benefits plans.

Though sometimes stigmatized, these programs are so important, not only to help employees with personal crises such as divorce, substance abuse and financial/legal matters, but also when an organization is reeling from an employee death, tornado or hurricane recovery or even tragedies like those at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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Topics: employee engagement, employee wellness, employee benefits, EAPs, Employee Assistance Programs