Yes, your visit to EAP is confidential. However, there are certain state and federal laws that provide for these exceptions:
- Abuse of a minor child
- Abuse of an elderly person
- Abuse of a disabled person
- Threats to self or others
- Threats to state property
If any of the above are disclosed, the EA Professionals have the responsibility to report this information to the appropriate authority.
The other exception (RCW 41.04.730
) is if your supervisor/HR directly refers you to EAP prior
to your initial contact with EAP for work performance issues. EAP is required to let your supervisor know:
- Whether or not the referred employee made an appointment
- The date and time the employee arrived and departed
- Whether further appointments were scheduled
Participation or non-participation in the EAP is voluntary and cannot be a used in any decision affecting an employee's job security, promotional opportunities, corrective or disciplinary action, or other employment rights.