"While this may seem a harmless short-term measure, we now know that most people who receive a disability benefit for more than a year will never work again," said John Martin, OECD Director of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs. "It is crucial that governments align short-term social protection measures taken in response to the downturn, with longer-term goals of economic security and strong labour force participation."As one of the background papers showed, older workers dominate the disability benefit rolls.
For links to other information, see OECD's "Sickness, Disability and Work" project.
Source: High-Level Forum on Sickness, Disability and Work Final Communique (May 15, 2009)