EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Date: April 24, 1989
(Revised October21, 1996)
Authority: Wisconsin Governor Thompson's
Order #94 (1990) and
- The University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee is committed to offering assistance
to faculty, academic staff, and represented and non-represented classified
employees (and their families) who are, for whatever reason, experiencing
a problem which is affecting their work performance. This problem can relate
to alcohol and other drug abuse, stress, financial difficulties, the needs
of elderly parents and a host of other concerns.
The Employee Assistance Program functions in the belief that most human
illnesses and problems can be treated or addressed and that faculty and
staff whose work performance has been deteriorating because of the illness
or other concerns can be restored to full productivity.
Whenever possible, the Employee Assistance Program attempts to assist faculty
and staff members at the earliest possible time, before their problems
impair work performance.
- The faculty/staff member is responsible for seeking and accepting treatment
for behavioral-medical problems. The program, however, is voluntary and the
faculty/staff member may decide not to participate.
- The faculty/staff member's contact and involvement with Employee Assistance
Program staff will be kept confidential in accordance with applicable federal
and state statutes, regulations and case law. All information relating to
contacts with program staff and referrals to outside agencies will be kept
separate from the faculty and staff members' personnel and department files.
- The program provides for self, family, supervisory and union referrals to
program staff. The supervisory referrals usually result from unsatisfactory
job performance. The program staff advise supervisors and department chairs
concerning how to make such referrals. (Supervisors, however, are encouraged
to communicate the availability of the EAP to all employees in order to reduce
the likelihood of declining or unsatisfactory job performance.)
Specially trained faculty and staff volunteer "employee assistance
coordinators" attempt to identify problems, and refer individuals to
resources outside the university which are utilized to diagnose and treat
physical, emotional and other personal problems.
The program staff will try to ensure that faculty and staff benefit from
the best combination of services whenever possible.
The program provides free referral services. Behavioral and medical problems
are covered within the scope of the faculty/staff member's health insurance
coverage and other benefit policies. Program staff attempt to ensure that
the cost of services that are not covered is within the individual's financial
- The Employee Assistance Program recognizes that alcoholism and other drug
dependencies are illnesses in which the faculty and staff member's consumption
of alcohol and/or other drugs interferes with his/her job performance, attendance,
conduct, health and/or safety of others.
- A faculty/staff member utilizing the program shall not be discriminated
against in any way. The employee's job security, reputation and opportunities
for promotion will not be jeopardized by participation in the program, nor
will the employee be retaliated against in any way.
- The Employee Assistance Program's policy and related procedures are consistent
with existing personnel policies and procedures and with the provisions of
the labor agreement.
Participation in the program in and of itself will not eliminate the possibility
of disciplinary action if the faculty/staff member's job performance is
- The EAP staff urges all UW-Milwaukee personnel to support the program and
this policy so that faculty and staff experiencing behavioral, medical and
other problems can be offered prompt and positive assistance.