That's a Federal law. Under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA.) you are entitled to 12 weeks per year of leave for medical reasons. Some states have a state disability program, most states don't. You say you have short term disability through your employer; most of those policies kick in after two weeks off and pay a weekly amount. Check with your human resources department; when I had to be off for surgery, I was able to draw on my STD policy even though I was also being paid from my accumulated sick leave. The extra money helped out a lot with my co-pays to everyone!
But yes, you can be off for 12 weeks and still be guaranteed of being able to return to work - perhaps not the same class, but an equal job.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from Entocort.
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
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