The dollars of disability

The rising cost of health care is a hot topic for employees and employers these days, especially as it relates to employee absences due to disabilities. With the continued economic downturn, employers are all searching for ways to better use finite resources. Health care costs more than 13 percent of payroll,[1] and employers spend a lot of resources implementing strategies to reduce this number. But did you know the total costs of all major absence categories — including direct and indirect costs — average 35 percent of base payroll?[2]