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Absenteeism is defined as the absence (with or without pay) of an employee from work due to his or her own illness, disability, or personal or family responsibility. The absence must be for a period of at least half a day, but less than 52 consecutive weeks. The following leaves are excluded from the definition: maternity, adoption, paternity and parental leaves, vacation and holidays, bereavement leave, and jury duty.


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Missing in Action: Absenteeism Trends in Canadian Organizations

What is the cost of absenteeism in Canadian organizations? This briefing discusses the topic in detail, and notes that less than half of Canadian organizations currently track employee absences.

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Creating an Effective Workplace Disability Management Program

Effective and comprehensive workplace disability management programs can help employers control health-related costs. This briefing provides a framework that employers can use to design an effective disability management program.

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Disability Management: Opportunities for Employer Action

This report offers the perspectives of employees and supervisors on their organization’s disability management programs, and provides employers with advice and guidance on how to manage absenteeism more effectively.

Recorded Webinars

Workplace Absenteeism Webinar

This 60-minute webinar presents data on absenteeism rates in Canada, the key drivers or causes of absenteeism, and the cost of employee absences.

Work-Life Balance

This recorded webinar addresses the impact of work overload on employee health and productivity.

About Louise Chénier

Photo of Louise ChénierLouise Chénier is a Manager of Workplace Health and Wellness Research, with The Conference Board of Canada. Since she joined the Board, Louise has participated in research on strategic human resources management, employee health, wellness, and safety, and diversity and inclusion in the workplace.