Partial Sick Leave Has Opposite Effect

After the government's partial sickness absence measure, sickness absence has fallen. However, a new study increased the doubt about whether the measurement has the efficiency, writes Norwegian Daily Dagsavisen.

Researchers at the Centre for sickness absence and rehabilitation at the Uni Helse in Bergen analyzed sickness absence of 280,000 people from 2002 to 2009. They found that those who have partial sick leave on average , 37 days longer absence than those with full sick leave.

Two main Findings

The study revealed that those who use partial sick leave are initially sicker, and therefore less likely to return to work than those who receive full sick leave. Moreover, the use of partial sick leave actually takes a long time before a person returns to work.

– We do not know which statement is close to the truth, but what is clear is that the government and social partners have recommended a particular type of sick leave without knowing its effect, “says researcher Stein Atle Lie to Mandag Morgen.

As a response to the results of the research, the State Secretary Jan- Erik St√łstad (Ap) in Ministry of Labour suggested that the increased use of partial sick leave contributes to reduction in absenteeism and claimed that nobody can say what works and does not work with hundred percent certainty.

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