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LTD Claims: How Much is My Employer Entitled to Know About My Health?

Long-term disability insurance provided by your employer can help offset lost income if health problems prevent you from working for a year or longer. You may be wondering how much to share about your condition with your boss, managers, or co-workers. Our Illinois long-term disability lawyers want you to be aware of your rights and offer practical tips to handle this situation.  

Should You Share Information About Your Health When Filing For or Receiving Long-Term Disability Benefits?

If you suffer an injury, illness, or chronic health condition that prevents you from working, your boss, managers, and co-workers are likely aware of the situation. However, should you provide details or fill them in on what is going on if you are applying for or receiving long-term disability benefits? 

It is better to err on the side of caution. Under the Illinois Statutes, employees have a right to privacy in the workplace. You are not required to disclose details about your health other than in situations where it could impact others involved. Oversharing could impact your reputation, your current position, and any future promotions. General tips include: 

  • Share about your condition in a general way. 
  • Be professional and avoid using people as confidantes. 
  • When discussing the matter with your employer and giving status updates, provide only the basic facts. 
  • Avoid sharing about your health or activities on social media while filing a claim or receiving benefits. 

Necessary Information When Returning to Work After Receiving Long-Term Disability

When it comes to discussing your health and the circumstances surrounding your long-term disability claim in the workplace, generally, the less said, the better. However, you will need to speak up if you are about to return to work after any period of illness, injury, or long-term disability. 

The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against otherwise qualified individuals with long-term disabilities. This includes when applying for jobs, the interview and hiring process, the types of duties performed, opportunities for advancement, and disciplining or firing employees.

If you are returning to work after receiving long-term disability benefits, be aware that your employer is required to make reasonable accommodations. As a general rule, follow these tips: 

  • Notify your employer that you are cleared to return to work. 
  • Make note of any limitations and reasonable accommodations you require. 
  • Provide statements or other documentation from your healthcare providers. 
  • Affirm your commitment to your job, and that you are ready to assume various tasks. 

Reach Out to Our Illinois Long-Term Disability Lawyers

Dealing with long-term disabilities, the impacts it can have on your job, and the claims process is challenging. At Bartolic Law, we act as a strong legal ally on your side. To protect your rights in the workplace and to obtain the benefits you are entitled to, reach out and contact our Illinois long-term disability lawyers. Request a consultation today.  

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