Work-injury absence and compensation among partnered and lone mothers and fathers

Background: The purpose of this study is to examine the risk of a work-injury absence and the likelihood of receiving compensation among partnered and lone mothers and fathers.
Methods: This study utilized data from an annual survey of Canadian residents. Logistic regression models examined the association between family status and the receipt of workers' compensation, and absences due to work-related injury or illnesses of 7 or more days.
Results: Being a lone mother was significantly associated with the risk of work-injury absence. Gender differences were observed for workers' compensation: mothers were half as likely as fathers to receive workers' compensation benefits, which may be attributed to differences in work experiences between men and women.
Conclusions: Findings may help in understanding whether some parental situations are more vulnerable than others and may contribute to identifying policies that could help workers sustain employment or return to work following an injury.

Source: Imelda S. Wong, Peter M. Smith, Cameron A. Mustard, Monique A. M. Gignac. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. Volume 57, Issue 8,  pages 960–969, August 2014.

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