Employee Assistance expert Bert Alicea to share how employers can protect employees and organizations

Plymouth Meeting, PA, June 6, 2016 — Health Advocate, the nation’s leading healthcare advocacy and assistance company and a subsidiary of West Corporation, today announced that Bert Alicea, M.A., CEAP, Executive Vice President of EAP+Work/Life Services at Health Advocate, will present a session during the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 2016 Annual Conference and Exposition, to be held June 19-22, 2016, in Washington, DC.

Alicea, a Licensed Psychologist with over 27 years of experience in the EAP (Employee Assistance Program) field, will discuss the critical issue of “Domestic Violence: The Impact on the Workplace,” on Wednesday, June 22 at 11:30 AM ET.

Domestic violence continues to be headline news in the U.S. Among employed adults in the U.S., one in five will be abused by an intimate partner in his or her lifetime, yet 70 percent of companies do not have a plan or policy in place to address this issue. While the safety and security of employees is foremost, this issue also contributes to reduced productivity; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that the annual cost of lost productivity due to domestic violence is almost $1.8 billion.

“Domestic violence impacts everyone, from the victims to the people with whom they live and work,” said Alicea, “and the emotional and financial costs can be significant.”

Alicea will share an overview of this issue as well as offer important information about prevention and intervention strategies that can help session participants identify signs of domestic violence and safeguard their organization’s workers, productivity and bottom line. Attendees will also learn how to develop customized intervention programs that can help reduce the toll of domestic violence in their organization.

The SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition is the largest conference for human resources professionals, drawing thousands of participants each year to learn more about the latest developments and strategies from renowned industry experts.

About Health Advocate

Health Advocate, a subsidiary of West Corporation, is the nation’s leading healthcare advocacy and assistance company, serving more than 11,500 clients, including many of the nation’s largest companies.

Health Advocate’s award-winning Health Advocacy program helps members navigate complex healthcare and insurance-related issues, saving them both time and money. We also offer a suite of complementary solutions, including Wellness Coaching, EAP+Work/Life and Chronic Care Solutions, among others. Our fully integrated program, EmpoweredHealth, seamlessly combines our services into a single, convenient member-centric solution, helping individuals efficiently maximize their benefits and improve their health.

We also leverage the power of pricing transparency, personalized health communications and more to help members make more informed decisions and get more value out of the healthcare system. All supported by our powerful proprietary data analytics engine delivering improved health and financial results.

For more information, visit us at www.HealthAdvocate.com