The Opioid Epidemic... Is Your Workplace Prepared?

Thursday, November 9, 2017
MRA Waukesha, Waukesha, WI
The Opioid Epidemic... Is Your Workplace Prepared?

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Presented by MRA-The Management Association (MRA) and the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, this virtual conference event provides employers with the tools they need to face the growing opioid epidemic in their workplaces.

The Opioid Epidemic – Is your Workplace Prepared?

Employers face a myriad of issues in the workplace, and increasing in number and complexity are employee addiction issues. HR professionals often walk the fine line in balancing competing priorities; wanting to help an employee and minimizing risk to the organization.

This event helps employers understand the opioid addiction crisis and the impact on their workplace from multiple perspectives with an emphasis on keeping employees healthy and safe, and their companies productive.

Knowledge is power – Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind event to learn what you can do to minimize the impact of the opioid epidemic on your workplace.




The Survey Says…
Lynell Meeth, SPHR, MSHR, SHRM-SCP, Director, Member Content, MRA
Julie Stich, CEBS, Associate Vice President, Content, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans

Listen in as MRA and the International Foundation share key findings from their respective surveys on this topic. MRA’s pulse-survey on the opioid epidemic offers insights into actions employers are taking to address the epidemic, as well as reveling opportunities for employers to do more.  The Foundation’s Mental Health and Substance Abuse Benefits survey reveals the most prevalent substance abuse coverage and treatment options offered through employer benefit plans, as well as the impact realized by employers.

Your Drug Testing Procedures– Time to Reevaluate
James John O’Donnell III, MS, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy, Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science; Vice President, Research and Development, Pharmaconsultant, Inc.

Explore drug testing options available to better navigate the impact of the opioid epidemic in your workplace. Specifically, employers will evaluate current drug testing procedures in light of drug use by prospective and current employees; learn the differences between specific opioid drugs; evaluate the pros and cons of 5- and 10-drug screening panels, and review common pitfalls in interpretation of drug tests. 

The Opioid Epidemic: Leveraging an Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Randall Kratz, MS, LCSW, LPC, Senior Account Manager, FEI Behavioral Health

We’ll look at some of the factors that have fueled this epidemic of addiction, and discuss what employers, employees, their family members need to know to be healthy and safe. Specifically, we will identify signs of abuse, discuss the EAP’s role in working with both employers and employees impacted by the opioid epidemic, explore trends in treatment, wellness and other proactive measures, and discuss how to effectively use EAPs for self-referral and mandatory referrals.

Workers' Compensation–Minimize the Opioid Impact in your Workplace
Stephanie Riesch-Knapp, Employee Benefits Consultant, R&R Insurance
Maureen Joy, Health Care Specialist, Occupational Therapist, R&R Insurance

Workers' compensation carriers, along with health insurance carriers and medical providers, share the responsibility of managing the opioid epidemic within our communities. This discussion will provide you with tips to proactively manage the potential workers’ compensation impact of this epidemic. By exploring both the insurance carrier and the employer role, you will receive insight into management from both sides of this costly and widespread crisis.

Substance Abuse in the Workplace–Legal Strategies and Considerations
Keith E. Kopplin, Attorney, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

During this segment of the program, we will review some of the federal labor and employment laws implicated by the opioid epidemic.  From drug testing, to reasonable accommodations, to mandatory EAP referrals and last chance agreements, we will review common strategies and legal obligations for addressing drugs (and alcohol) in the workplace. 

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Continuing Education

Educational sessions at this program may qualify for CEBS continuing professional education (CPE) credit.
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Registration Information

Watch the on-demand virtual conference with live streaming access on your computer, tablet or phone​​. The live event was held on November 9, 2017.

Registration Information
  Member Nonmember

Through 10/12/2017 US $120.00
After 10/12/2017 US $145.00 US $195.00