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403.32 - Employee Assistance Program

The board established the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to provide professional, confidential assistance for any type of personal problems. The program is designed to encourage early intervention and awareness of such problems and to offer help at the earliest opportunity.

Employees are responsible for their performance and for taking constructive action to resolve any personal problems that affect or threaten to affect their on-the-job behavior. Supervisors are responsible for remaining alert to all instances of substandard work performance and bringing these instances to the attention of the employee, along with an offer of assistance, at the earliest indication of a recurrent problem.

Utilization of the EAP is on a voluntary basis unless an employee is given a mandatory referral by a member of management as a condition of continued employment. It is important to note that if an employee is given a mandatory referral the only information the district receives is that the employee is in the program, is cooperating, and keeping their appointments.

The decision to seek or accept assistance through the EAP will not adversely affect an employee’s job security or advancement opportunities. However, participation in the EAP in no way relieves the employee of the responsibility to meet acceptable work performance and attendance standards.

All full-time and part-time employees, members of an employee’s household, and benefit-eligible dependents are eligible to receive assistance through the EAP. The EAP will not reveal any information that the individual discloses to the EAP except in the following circumstances:

  • The employee consents in writing;
  • The law requires disclosure; and
  • It is believed that life or safety is threatened by non-disclosure.

Adopted: 2/09
Reviewed: 1/11; 12/11; 4/13; 9/14; 8/17; 6/20; 4/23