Promoting Retention or Reemployment of Workers after a Significant Injury or Illness

Publication Date



This is one of three policy action papers prepared as part of the Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work Policy Collaborative, an initiative funded by the Office of Disability Employment Policy in the U.S. Department of Labor. Each year, millions of workers in the United States lose their jobs or leave the workforce because of a medical condition. Keeping these workers in the labor force could help them stay productive, maintain their standard of living, and avoid dependency on government programs. In this paper, we suggest policies and practices that would encourage employers to retain or hire these workers, and we include specific recommendations for incorporating these policies in federal efforts.


Mathematica Policy Research

Issue Date

October 22, 2015


Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work Policy Collaborative


U.S. Dept. of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy; Contract Number DOLQ121A21886/DOL-OPS-14-U-0087

Subject Areas

UNEMPLOYMENT, DISABILITY, and INCOME SUPPORT PROGRAMS; Workers compensation and disability; Disability




Hollenbeck, Kevin. 2015. "Promoting Retention or Reemployment of Workers after a Significant Injury or Illness." Washington, DC: Mathematica Policy Research.