On sick leave
- In 2003, long-term absences from work (two weeks or more) due to illness or disability averaged 11 weeks and cost $8,800 each.
- While the rate for long-term absences for personal illness or disability was relatively stable—3.9% in 1993 and 3.7% in 2003, the rate for absences that were work-related fell steadily—from 1.8% to 1.4%.
- Prior health issues, age, job permanency, and having a unionized job with extended medical or disability coverage, all significantly increased the likelihood of an extended absence.
- Absences lasting upwards of four months had consequences, including negative health, stress, career stagnation, and heightened chances of being on leave again the next year.
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Katherine Marshall is with the Labour and Household Surveys Analysis Division. She can be reached at (613) 951-6890 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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