Physical disability going down, mental disability going up

Health and safety strategies designed to curb psychological issues, as well as physical issues, need to be holistic
By Uyen Vu
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/22/2004

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t first glance, the disability picture may appear like a paradox. Workers’ compensations costs have been on the decline, and long- and short-term disabilities have held steady over the past five years.

Yet, according to a Watson Wyatt survey of 180 Canadian businesses, nearly half believe direct disability program costs have increased since 1999. Why are rising disability costs a concern to some employers?