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Work-injury absence and compensation among partnered and lone mothers and fathers

TitleWork-injury absence and compensation among partnered and lone mothers and fathers
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsWong, I. S., Smith P. M., Mustard C. A., and Gignac M. A.
JournalAmerican Journal of Industrial Medicine
Pages960 - 969
Date PublishedAugust
Keywordsgender, lone fathers, lone mothers, work-injury absence, work-injury compensation

Background The purpose of this study is to examine the risk of a work-injury absence and the likelihood of receiving compensation among partnered and lone mothers and fathers. Methods This study utilized data from an annual survey of Canadian residents. Logistic regression models examined the association between family status and the receipt of workers' compensation, and absences due to work-related injury or illnesses of 7 or more days. Results Being a lone mother was significantly associated with the risk of work-injury absence. Gender differences were observed for workers' compensation: mothers were half as likely as fathers to receive workers' compensation benefits, which may be attributed to differences in work experiences between men and women. Conclusions findings may help in understanding whether some parental situations are more vulnerable than others and may contribute to identifying policies that could help workers sustain employment or return to work following an injury.

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