Mitigating the cost of disability (Guest commentary)

Why employers should treat all disability claims like workers’ compensation claims
By Neil Rankin
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/01/2008

Are your lost time claims costing you a bundle? Average workdays lost per full-time worker as a result of illness or disability rose from 6.2 days in 1997 to more than seven days in 2001, according to Statistics Canada. This trend is expected to continue as baby boomers age.

According to Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), total benefits paid increased $73 million, from $2.91 billion in 2005 to $2.98 billion in 2006. Total benefits include loss of earnings, health care and labour market re-entry benefits.

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