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Do the Dutch Have A Better Idea About Disabled Workers?

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Mar 04, 2015 | 0 Comments

A recent hearing on the Social Security disability program featured testimony from Philip de Jong of the University of Amsterdam.  He is an expert on how the Dutch handled disabled workers.  De Jong explained that in the Netherlands, employers have a greater responsibility for keeping their workers employed.  In the Netherlands, employers must pay a large percentage of the wages of workers who cannot continue in their jobs. This obligation lasts for two years. This pay is generally higher than what a worker might get in the US under a workers' compensation scheme.  This clearly gives Dutch employers strong incentives to keep workers healthy as well as to get injured or sick workers back on the job.  According to de Jong, the Netherlands saw a two-thirds drop in disability awards over a ten year period, ending in 2012.  It makes sense that employers who are going to have to pay for workers who are not able to perform are going to do much more to keep said workers healthy. As it stands now, companies in the US can simply shift the cost of disabled workers to some combination of workers compensation and Social Security disability.  Having the government force employers to engage in this sort of scheme might be hard to achieve.  Big Business is sure to object.  That said, it is an idea worth exploring. 

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John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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