Absence and Disability Management: Trends in Organizational Health Management

The Conference Board of Canada, 31 pages, March 22, 2018
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The focus of this report is on absence and disability management in Canadian workplaces. It draws primarily from a national survey of public and private sector employers.

Document Highlights

This report is designed to provide an understanding of how public and private sector employers are approaching the implementation of their absence and disability management programs and practices. It also provides insight into the health concerns that employers anticipate will most affect future programming, as well as details about the design of two programs integral to absence and disability management: stay-at-work programs and return-to-work programs. Results presented in this report are based on the analysis of quantitative data obtained through an online survey administered to Canadian employers in the public and private sectors. Data were collected between January and March 2016. In total, 205 employers completed the survey. Survey data are supplemented with literature in the field.

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Executive Summary

Absence and Disability Management: Trends in Organizational Health Management

  • Introduction
  • Most Employers Take a Formal Approach to Absence and Disability Management
  • Written Policies Are the Norm
  • Specific Degrees or Certifications Often Not Required for Absence and Disability Management Staff
  • Union Involvement in Absence and Disability Management Processes
  • Employers Review Their Absence and Disability Management Strategies
  • Stay-at-Work Programs
  • Implementing Medical Leaves and Return-to-Work Program
  • Conclusion

Appendix A—Respondent Profile and Methodology

Appendix B—Bibliography

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