Maintaining Employment & Job Benefits

It can become very difficult to keep your job when you are battling a chronic, debilitating or life threatening illness. You may struggle with managing time away from work for doctor’s appointments, or feeling poorly may limit your productivity or ability to perform your job duties while at work. However, you may have some options to help you take control of your health, work, and income.

The resources included in this section are targeted to those that are currently employed while facing a serious condition that could impact your workday. You may have access to a Short Term Disability policy either from your employer or one you have purchased privately that would allow you to step away from work for a while and focus on your health, while still maintaining a portion of your normal income. Depending on the size of your workplace and the length of your tenure, you may also be entitled to Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) which permits certain employees with a serious health condition to take leave for up to 12 weeks and protects their jobs.