Work and the fmla

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mom1760
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   Posted 3/25/2009 4:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a fmla filled out I have had it since 2006.I am currently on humira ( failed remicade) and now failing humira.I am supposed to start cimzia and 6mp soon once everything is okay.My doctor was wanting to reduce my schedule due to disease activity and medicine .Work wanted me to have another fmla paper filled out, so i took one to the doctor to have him fill it out and thats when he said he was personally going to write my work a letter to reduce my schedule so there wouldn't be any questions.Well I called to tell them he was filling my fmla papers out and he was writing a letter to reduce my schedule.I left them a message since no one answered.Well they called me back and said that if I couldn't work 40 hours a week they would have to replace me.I told them that he was writting the letter personally so there wouldn't have been any questions, they told me they couldn't reduce my schedule. I looked up the fmla laws and it said " The FMLA permits employees to take leave on an intermittent basis ( from time-to-time) or to work a reduced schedule (example a 4 day week or a six hour day) under certain circumstances, including to care for an ill family member, or because of the employees health condition. I don't know what to do??

Trigirl
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   Posted 3/26/2009 12:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Pretty sure they can't treat you like that. Stand your ground. I might start looking around for a more compassionate place to work!! Hope you are OK.

teddybearweiser
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   Posted 3/26/2009 12:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Sounds like your employeer does not care about that you are having your doctor filling out fmla papers for you with a letter. I also agree maybe its time to find a new job.
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Veronica Ballerina
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   Posted 3/26/2009 7:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I am having a similar situation, here in Brazil we have something like you do in USA though I was not working at all for about 10 months, who pays me is not my company but the govern, I will only have this benefit until 03/31 they will not prorogue anymore so I let my company now that I will back to work on 04/01 and they said that they will fire me...I am pretty worried about that.
I am also on Humira, not sure if it is working as before!
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mom1760
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   Posted 3/26/2009 8:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I am trying to figure everything out. I have now called the corporate office and left a message so hopefully they will get back to me about this.I mean I am doing the best I can and every medicine i try wont work and now i am now changing once again to cimizia and 6-mp and i am crossing my fingers that this helps.If it doesn't I don't know what is next. I mean my doctor is the one wanting to reduce my schedule  while treating my disease.So hopefully i will find something out today.Thanks to everyone who is concerned.

dx in oct 2006
entocort ec 9mg 1xday
remicade 10mg per kilo every 6-8 weeks
phenagren every 8 hours
dycyclomine 20mg 3xday
iron 325mg 2xday
calcium supplement
hydrocodone/apap 5mg/500mg 1-2 tabs every 4-6 hours
hydroxyzine 25 mg 1 tab every 4-6 hours
glycopyrrolate 2 mg every 8-12 hours


snohare
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   Posted 3/26/2009 9:57 AM (GMT -7)   
nono Get what they say in writing. Don't be afraid to quote the legislation at them, mention lawsuits...silence will only buy you the freedom to be silent.
Best of luck !

ZenaWP
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   Posted 3/26/2009 10:14 AM (GMT -7)   

mom1760, I'm in HR so I'm very familiar with FMLA.  If your employer has enough employees so that FMLA applies to them and you've met the requirements (1250 hrs in last 12 months and 12 months of employment), then they do have to allow you to work the reduced schedule/take intermittent FMLA until you've used up your 12 weeks of FMLA, as long as the Dr. provides adequate information.  Once you've exhausted the FMLA, though, you will have no protection under this federal law until 12 months has gone by since you first requested the FMLA.  Please also look into the Americans with Disabilities Act and you may be able to provide adequate information to show that a reduced work schedule would fall under "Reasonable Accomodation." 

Who is saying they will have to replace you...HR or your supervisor? Please talk to HR.  Often times, the supervisors don't know the rules and may say something that is not allowed.  HR should be able to provide you with more accurate information and, if they are the ones telling you this, walk in there with the laws printed out and tell them that you will report them if they fail to comply.     


Crohn's Disease, Acid Reflux/Gastritis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Endometriosis, Arthritis, Depression/Anxiety.  Too many meds to list them all.  =) 


mom1760
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   Posted 3/26/2009 11:45 AM (GMT -7)   
the person from hr called me back and told me that they couldn't reduce my schedule and if i still needed it that i would have to resign.She wants me to call back and let them know what i have decided.The lady from corporate has not returned my call yet.I am just trying to be nice about it.When i am on this new meds he said i would have to have labs done once a week and he doesn't know how and if these drugs will work.I have 2 young kids and i just can't keep going like i have been but i don't want to quit all together i am too young.I am still able to work but just not the 40 hours a week..I have been so down since all this with work because i carry the medical insurance so i can't just quit.I am doing my best.
dx in oct 2006
entocort ec 9mg 1xday
remicade 10mg per kilo every 6-8 weeks
phenagren every 8 hours
dycyclomine 20mg 3xday
iron 325mg 2xday
calcium supplement
hydrocodone/apap 5mg/500mg 1-2 tabs every 4-6 hours
hydroxyzine 25 mg 1 tab every 4-6 hours
glycopyrrolate 2 mg every 8-12 hours


mom1760
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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 87
   Posted 3/26/2009 11:49 AM (GMT -7)   
dont mind my signature i cant remember how to change it right now i am on humira and tylenol.I have had a reaction to the oral meds for crohns so i cant take them.
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