Leaving Some Behind: What Happens When Workers Get Sick

In a given year, six percent of Canadian workers will experience a personal health issue that will require them to adjust their work status. This can include being away from work for an extended period of time, changing from full- to part-time work, or leaving the labour market entirely.
Interrupting work is costly for everyone. In 2010, Canadian governments and insurance carriers provided $29 billion in direct income support to individuals dealing with a personal illness or disability. The loss of productivity to employers, the demand for care and the decline in consumption among households when employment earnings cannot fully be replaced are also significant dimensions of a health episode.
As our workforce ages and episodic and chronic health conditions become more prevalent, it is important that Canada have a robust and integrated system to support workers and employers when someone becomes sick. In June 2015, the IRPP convened a special round table with experts, stakeholders and practitioners to discuss these issues. Building on the round table discussion, Tyler Meredith and Colin Chia examine how Canada is doing, and the policy options governments should consider to strengthen the system.

Source: http://irpp.org/research-studies/report-2015-09-03/

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