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An Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is an important element of an overall organisational health and well-being at work strategy and recognises that every one of us, regardless of our position within an Organisation, may experience difficulties and problems at some point in our life. The purpose of an EAP service is to provide Employees with a free and confidential support service via email, telephone or face to face counselling to assist in resolving personal issues relating to emotional, legal, financial, work or other issues.

Whilst there is no legal obligation on an Organisation to implement an EAP service, health and safety legislation in Ireland places an obligation on Organisations to ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, the safety, health and welfare of its Employees.  Common law also provides that an Organisation has a duty to provide a safe work place protecting Employees against possible harm or loss as a result of work systems and processes.  An EAP service assists in meeting these requirements.