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DISABILILTY AND WORKING - GENERAL

First, it is better to complete all of this work early, before the symptoms of your chronic illness keep you from performing the essential functions of your job.

The general steps that you will need to follow in continuing to work while disabled, when your disability symptoms impair you from performing the “essential functions” of your job, are as follows.

  • DO NOT TELL YOUR SUPERVISOR AND/OR HR ABOUT YOUR ILLNESS/IMPAIRMENT UNTIL YOU HAVE DONE YOUR HOMEWORK and have a plan to offer them.

  • Identify your symptoms; complete your symptom impairment matrix; document what you can and can’t do; document your peak “energy” times in the day; verify your information with your doctor; get your Doctor to complete an accurate PCE (Physical Capacity Evaluation) form on you.

  • Refer to JAN (Job Analysis Network) for information about your disease; print out your disease and your example workplace modifications based on your disease.

  • Obtain a copy of your job description.

  • If your job description does not contain the physical and mental expectations of the job’s essential functions, get HR to rewrite the job descriptions to include them; or, we can do it for you for a $25.00 consulting fee.

  • NOW is the time to discuss your situation with your Supervisor and HR. THIS is the time to ask your Supervisor and HR about other jobs that could be options for you to perform.

  • Between you and your Doctor, decide what you can do, and what you cannot do; and, what you can do with modifications. Again, use the PCE form. Also, compare what you can do with the job descriptions that you receive from HR. Be sure to compare what you can do to the JAN examples.

  • With your Doctor’s input, decide how long you will be able to work. Decide whether to accept another job and continue working, or whether to trigger LTD and continue working.

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