MPR Issue Brief: Increasing Employer Responsibility for Disability Benefits and SSDI Reform

Posted by Alexandra Kielty - On May 12, 2015 (EST)

Mathematica Policy Research, Center for Studying Disability Policy published this issue brief: "Increasing Employer Responsibility for Disability Benefits: Analysis of an Approach to Social Security Disability Insurance Reform."

Multiple proposals for reforming the Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) program would hold firms partially responsible for a portion of the DI benefits paid to their recent employees. This issue brief examines the implications of this approach for employers and workers by analyzing two prominent reform proposals: requiring employers to provide short-term disability insurance coverage and applying an experience rating to the DI portion of the Federal Insurance Contributions Act premium. The analysis finds that both proposals would place a relatively large burden on the labor costs of many relatively small (fewer than 500 workers), low-wage firms. Firms with high potential liabilities might seek to accommodate and retain workers with challenging medical conditions but might also reduce hiring or retention of workers at high risk for medical problems.

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