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Government Adding Short-term Disability

Morneau Shepell welcomes the government of Canada’s plans to reform the way it handles disability management for the federal public service. Bill Morneau, executive chairman of Morneau Shepell, says "we applaud the government of Canada for taking a much-needed step to modernize its human resource practices.” The government will introduce, for the first time, a short-term disability program to support employees through illness. Approximately 87 per cent of Canadian employers provide short-term disability insurance, making the federal government one of the few large employers that does not offer coverage for short-term illness. At the same time, its long-term disability plan, first introduced in 1970, will be overhauled to provide seamless integration between the short-term disability program and long-term disability insurance. The current system provides benefits coverage after 13 weeks of illness. Morneau says the government has an opportunity to develop an approach that better integrates disability management with employee assistance programs and other workplace wellness programs.

Courtesy of Benefits and Pensions Monitor website News Alerts

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