Alex Collie, Tyler J Lane, Behrooz Hassani-Mahmooei, Jason Thompson , and Chris McLeod, “Does time off work after injury vary by jurisdiction? A comparative study of eight Australian workers' compensation systems”, BMJ Open 2016;6:e010910 doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010910
This study examines more than 90,000 claims and controls for demographic, worker and employer factors; it shows conclusively that jurisdiction in which an injured worker makes a compensation claim has a significant and independent impact on duration of time loss. (Free on-line article).
Bogdan Savych and Vennela Thumula. “Comparing Outcomes for Injured Workers in …” WCRI, May 2016
This study (or, more accurately, a series of parallel studies) examines worker outcomes for each of the 15 states: (Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin) using claim and interview data from very large samples in each jurisdiction. Each study controls for “mix” of industry and financial severity of the claim. In the “Data Book” supplements for each jurisdiction, the authors provide worker outcome data for the unadjusted for case mix and additional detail on return-to-work accommodations provided in both successful and unsuccessful cases. (Limited free viewing and free policy-maker registration for webinar; low cost for others).
Emile Tompa, R Saunders , C Mustard, and QLiao “ Measuring the adequacy of workers’ compensation benefits in Ontario: An update” IWH Issues Briefing, March 2016.
This summary updates the analysis of benefits adequacy in Ontario by looking at more recent cohorts of permanently impaired workers’ compensation beneficiaries following the 1998 changes to Ontario’s workers’ compensation legislation. This update does not directly compare any other jurisdictions although the methods and prior research but the study demonstrates the complexity of analysis necessary in outcome analysis. Prior research in this series used data from British Columbia and Ontario as well as comparable data from taxation data sets. Previous work by RAND and other research groups on data from California, New Mexico and Washington state, among others. (Issue briefings and previous IWH research available for free online viewing).