Tuesday, September 23, 2008

News You Can't Use: Disability and Return to Work

Did you know that small and medium businesses have the same instance of behavioral health disability claims as their bigger counterparts, but significantly lower return-to-work rates?

According to new data from Unum presented in a Tuesday session at Benefits Forum and Expo, 34% of short term disability claims were from companies with under 250 employees. A similar percentage, 39%, were from companies with over 2,000 employees. However, return to work rates among small businesses were among the lowest, due to lower incidences of in-house behavioral management programs and EAPs at small to medium businesses, says Kenneth Mitchell, VP of health and productivity for Unum.

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