Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 48.98
Liaison Dennis Gillis
Submission Date July 30, 2012
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STARS v1.1

Saint Mary's University
PAE-T2-5: Employee Wellness Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25
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Does the institution have an employee assistance or wellness program that provides counseling, referral, and well-being services to employees?:

A brief description of the employee wellness program, policy, or practice:

The Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) is a network of professional advisors who are available day or night to provide confidential assistance with concerns that affect clients personal, family, work life or general well being.

EFAP is a voluntary, confidential, short term counseling and advisory service that connects employees and their eligible family members to a network of dedicated professionals who are able to provide assistance 24 hours a day. This network includes psychologists, social workers, addiction and career counselors, childcare and elder care specialists and legal and financial specialists. These professionals are ready and waiting to assist with special concern, anytime help is needed.

The inConfidence EFAP provides professional assistance for a wide range of issues, including:

• Alcohol and drug misuse • Financial concerns
• Bereavement • Legal issues
• Childcare issues • Stress and anxiety
• Couple and marital relationships • Trauma/critical incidents
• Crisis counseling • Work related and career issues
• Depression • And more…
• Eldercare problems
There is no direct cost for the service. Employees contribute a small mandatory fee from each pay cheque, which enables employees to have full access to the inConfidence services. If long-term or specialized care is required, professional advisors will help with a referral to an affordable community resource. At this point, clients would be responsible for any fees that the benefits plan or provincial health insurance would not cover.

The service is confidential! Clients' personal information is never shared with anyone outside of inConfidence without an individual's informed, voluntary and written consent, the exceptions are listed below.

No one at the workplace will know about a client contacting an EFAP unless told by the client.

*Understandably, certain exceptions apply when information must be provided to others, whether or not consent was given-such as when a person appears to pose a serious threat to themselves or others. Also, inConfidence professionals are legally required to report suspicion of child abuse and to disclose information required by law (e.g. court order).

The EFAP benefit is a mandatoryl employee benefit. “Employee" shall mean a person who is employed on the full-time staff of the employer and is a resident in Canada, excluding Faculty and Professional Librarians. An employee shall be deemed to be on the full-time staff of the employer if customary employment with the employer is for 30 or more hours per week, excluding any eligible employee not covered on or prior to March 1, 1981. With respect to part-time employees, employee shall mean a person who is employed for a minimum of 17.5 hours per week.

Contract employees who have completed 24 Consecutive Months of contract employment are eligible for EAP.

The website URL where information about the program, policy, or practice is available:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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