Friday, August 18, 2006


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Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach
School of Industrial & Labor Relations
-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies
Cornell University
16 East 34th Street, 4th floor
---------------------- Stuart Basefsky
New York, NY 10016
-------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau

European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Dublin Foundation)

Employment guidance services for people with disabilities [14 August 2006]
[full-text, 64 pages]

Wynne, Richard; McAnaney, Donal; O'Kelly, Caroline; Fleming, Padraic

The number of people on long-term disability benefits in Europe is rising and this group is particularly at risk of social exclusion. Although many of those away from work for a long period due to illness or injury would like to rejoin the workforce, very few actually do so in practice. This situation means that potential workers are absent from the labour market and there is pressure on social security systems. One of the key strategies for reversing this trend and helping long-term benefit claimants to return to work is a system of effective employment guidance and counselling services. By looking at case studies in 10 Member States, this report identifies examples of good practice in employment services for people who have become disability claimants in the course of their working lives. It concludes that there is overall a lack of awareness of the specific needs of people on longterm disability benefits and a need for a wider range of initiatives specially targeted at this group.

Foreword v
Introduction 1
1 ­ Statistical overview 5
2 ­ Comparative framework for services 15
3 ­ Current practice in selected EU Member States 21
4 ­ Conclusions 29
References 35
Appendix 1: Template used in the case studies 37
Appendix 2: List of case studies 40
Appendix 3: Summaries of case studies 41
Appendix 4: National statistical offices online 51

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