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Volume 72, Issue 34, Friday, October 6, 2006


EAP offers wide range of benefits

New assistance program gives UH employees access to financial and counseling services

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Guest speaker William Kimble, UH benefits manager, outlined the new Employee Assistance Program at the UH Staff Council meeting Thursday.

Kimble said the new EAP has been in effect since Sept. 1 and is available to UH employees, their dependants and anyone living in their household.

"(EAP programs) have evolved into much more than just counseling sessions," Kimble said.

William Kimble, UH benefits manager, summarized employee programs to staff on Thursday at the Staff Council meeting. Kimble said University employees have access to an array of services including counseling and financial and legal advising.

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Benefits include counseling and legal and financial advising services, he said.

Employees can utilize the counseling service three times per issue per year. 

The counseling is provided by a master's-level certified counselor, Kimble said.

Legal services are free for the first 30 minutes per issue and additional time is discounted by 25 percent.

Additionally, a simple will can be created at no charge, he said.

Financial advisement such as debt management, tax planning and investment strategy is provided by a certified financial planner free for the first 30 minutes per issue, Kimble said.

Kimble said there is a work-life part of the program that will check referrals and accreditation and perform other legwork necessary to find providers such as daycare and home health care for employees and their dependants.

In other business, staff council member Charles Henry reported a new systemwide UH staff council is being created.

Henry said that quarterly meetings will begin once four members from each of the four staff councils are elected to the new systemwide council.

In other business, Maria Saldana announced that Jennifer Lee resigned and a motion was carried to nominate Angela Clifton to the open membership position. 

The Staff Council also recognized Appointments Chair Jean Valyan's reception of an award presented to her by the Eta Mu chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha. 

The award, a tribute to black women, was given to Valyan for more than 30 years of service to UH.

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