IBI Benchmarking Analytics: How has COVID-19 changed disability and leave patterns?

As of September 21, 2020, the United States had experienced nearly 7 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. To understand the broader impact of the pandemic on sick leave, we analyze the change in employers’ STD and FMLA leave experiences from January 1, 2020, through April 30, 2020, compared with their experiences over the same period [...]

IBI Benchmarking Analytics: Short-Term Disability Incidence Rates Across Demographic Groups

Data contained in IBI's Disability and Leave Benchmarking system can describe claimants' age and sex - for example, the proportion who are female or in the prime working ages of 35 to 54 years old. Such information can provide employers and their supplier partners with a context for understanding claimant populations but offer few insights [...]

Interactive Map: Projected COVID-19 Employer Paid Leave Costs by State and Metro Area

This map models lost work time costs resulting from confirmed COVID-19 cases to date. The assessment includes potential sick leave wages, short-term disability payments, and spending on employee benefits. Interested parties can view state-, metropolitan area-, and county-level data. This tool accounts for geographic variation in COVID-19 cases, employment patterns, industry mix, and wages. All [...]

IBI Benchmarking Analytics: How Do FMLA Bonding Leave Outcomes Differ by State?

As more states and local jurisdictions consider adopting paid family leave (PFL) laws, several IBI members have requested information about Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave outcomes across states with differing policies. To support these requests, we created an online interactive map using FMLA leave data from 2011-2017. The map reports men’s and women’s [...]

Costs of Delays in Reporting Workplace Injuries and Processing Worker’s Compensation Claims

IBI analyzed 2010-2017 Worker’s Compensation (WC) medical-only and indemnity claims to determine whether lag times in reporting occupational injuries and opening WC claims had any impact on claim costs. Major findings include: Each additional day that elapsed between the injury date and the date the claimant reported it to the employer was associated with a [...]

What’s On The Table For Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work Strategies?

The implementation of stay-at-work (SAW) and return-to-work (RTW) strategies in the real world complicates the use of disability claims data to understand their effectiveness. Organizing claims by duration as a proxy for severity can provide insights into what employers stand to gain from effective SAW and RTW programs. This report looks at what effect SAW [...]

Benchmarking Analytics: Short- And Long-Term Disability Outcomes for Mental and Behavioral Health Claim

To help understand the impact of mental and behavioral health disorders on disability, IBI conducted an analysis of short-term disability (STD) and long-term disability (LTD) costs and durations using claims from its Benchmarking data system. The analysis found that mental/behavioral health claims—particularly claims for depression and other mood disorders—are relatively common, last longer than claims [...]

Are More New Fathers Taking FMLA Leave for Bonding?

In July 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) ruled that paid parental leave is separate from medical time off for childbirth and that employers that offer paid parental leave must do so for men and women on equal terms (sometimes referred to as the parity rule). This report looks to see whether more men [...]

Benchmarking Analytics: Disability Leaves for Five Common Types of Cancer

A member brought to IBI’s attention a January 2018 Health Affairs report detailing the San Francisco Cancer Initiative's (SFCI) efforts to reduce the burden of five common cancers—breast, lung, prostate, colorectal, and liver—for which there are proven methods of prevention and detection, and for which effective treatments are known. The initiative can serve as a [...]

Benchmarking Analytics: Costs and Durations of Short-Term Disability Claims for Pregnancy

IBI analyzed short-term disability (STD) leave outcomes for pregnancy claims in its Disability and Leave Benchmarking data. Some findings to highlight include: From 2013 to 2015, two-thirds of pregnancy STD claims were for normal delivery. One in six pregnancy claims were for cesarean delivery and nearly 1 in 8 were for pregnancy complications.  The average [...]

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