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Mildewval
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   Posted 4/6/2008 11:23 PM (GMT -6)   
This came up on a different thread but I thought it might be helpful to many of you that live in the US. These are links to the US Department of Labor.
 
Here is some information on FMLA (family medical leave act): http://www.dol.gov/esa/whd/fmla/
 
Here is a link on ADA (American's with disabilities act): http://www.dol.gov/dol/topic/disability/ada.htm  - go to the lin on Job Accommodations - that seems especially helpful, including a link to a group that helps people develop accommodations.
 
The state you live in may have additional protections so you may want to look at your state's department of labor site.
 
Your employer may have additional programs as well. But at minimum they need to meet these requirements.
 
I think it is important for eveyone with a health condition to know about this because often employers (managers) don't know or don't share and the employee ends up getting fired when they shouldn't have. Anyway, I hope you find it helpful.
Pancolitis since October 2004
Currently experiencing symptoms- blood and mild pain. Have started ANOTHER round of enemas.
My drugs of choice: Asacol 2-3 times a day (if I remember), Imuran, Canasa suppositories every other day, probiotics, fish oil, Iron, multi-vitamin
My other therapies of choice: Yoga, walking, my animals, and whining.


Old Hat
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   Posted 4/7/2008 9:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks ever so much for posting this very valuable info! I've been employed full-time while combatting UC; during some periods it has really been difficult dealing with insensitive management. Last year I received the "reward" of one week's pay for only using 4 of my 30 allotted annual sick days during the previous 12 months. That really made my gastro happy when I brought my commendation letter from management along to an office visit! / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

Sara14
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   Posted 4/7/2008 9:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I wonder if I would be covered by FMLA, since it says the employer has to employ 50 people. My office only employs about 9 or 10, but we are owned by a large corporation that employs thousands of people.

Thanks for posting this.
24 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; yet to go into complete remission
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - nightly; Canasa (1,000 mg) in the morning
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 2/day; Chewable multivitamin; Metamucil; Viactiv


dakotagirl
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   Posted 4/7/2008 11:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Great info Val! Many thanks :)
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
Osteopenia diagnosed Feb 2006
Status:  Flaring :(
 
40mg pred, Asacol 12 per day,  Azathioprine 75mg, Rowasa, Canasa, Aciphex, Forvia, and Pro-Bio
 
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Beth75
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   Posted 4/7/2008 2:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Sara it doesn't matter how many people are in your office, I think it's how many people are under their federal tax id number. I can't be 100% but I would look for info in that direction. For my co, we have have a few different offices in the US we share the same tax id#, so some of the reporting I know has to be done a certain way and also, our parent company is based outside the US and think that also impacts the size of my co's business in the eyes of the US Gov't.
Beth, 32 ~ Major Flare Sept/Oct 07 ~ in remission
UC dx'd 03/00 (Proctosigmoiditis); Pancolitis since 09/07
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly; Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Prilosec, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) dx'd 09/07 - partial remission since 03/08
Prednisone 25mg 1xday (taper 5mg a week from 60 = ), Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Enalpril 10mg 1xday, Fursomide 20mg 1xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.  Do you have edema? If so, check your protiens!
Pre-Diabetic from Prednisone use - Low carb/sugar diet & exercise.


Sara14
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   Posted 4/7/2008 5:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Beth. I work at a small newspaper, but we are owned by a large company that owns several newspapers, many with more employees than the one I'm at. Maybe those would count. I will have to do some research to find out.
24 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; yet to go into complete remission
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - nightly; Canasa (1,000 mg) in the morning
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 2/day; Chewable multivitamin; Metamucil; Viactiv


Mildewval
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   Posted 4/8/2008 12:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Sara and Beth,

Actually the law says that there needs to be at least 50 employees employed by the employer within 75 miles. With that said, a lot of larger companies do follow FMLA even if they have employees that live outside that radius. I recommend you review your employee handbook, if your employer has one.
Pancolitis since October 2004
Currently experiencing symptoms- blood and mild pain. Have started ANOTHER round of enemas.
My drugs of choice: Asacol 2-3 times a day (if I remember), Imuran, Canasa suppositories every other day, probiotics, fish oil, Iron, multi-vitamin
My other therapies of choice: Yoga, walking, my animals, and whining.


Mildewval
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   Posted 4/8/2008 12:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Old Hat- where do you work???? That is an awesome benefit to get pay for only using some of your sick days. Unfortunately I think it would make me go to work when I shouldn't and put everyonelse in misery :)
Pancolitis since October 2004
Currently experiencing symptoms- blood and mild pain. Have started ANOTHER round of enemas.
My drugs of choice: Asacol 2-3 times a day (if I remember), Imuran, Canasa suppositories every other day, probiotics, fish oil, Iron, multi-vitamin
My other therapies of choice: Yoga, walking, my animals, and whining.


Old Hat
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   Posted 4/8/2008 8:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Val-- in a university division which has union representation. This "reward" was a negotiated incentive, just implemented last year. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])
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