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Accommodations: Returning to the workplace

We have previously written about the fact that not all Social Security Disability recipients will remain incapable of working for the rest of their lives. Many SSD recipients are eager to return to the workforce as soon as they are able to. While some disabled individuals will be able to return to the workforce full-time, others will continue to receive benefits while working on a part-time basis.

When contemplating a return to the workforce, it is important to do two things. First, it is important to speak with your attorney about the ways in which your work and income will impact your SSD benefits. Second, it is important to think about whether you will need any accommodations from your employer when you return to work.

Federal law generally requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations for their disabled workers. For example, individuals suffering from various physical impairments may require more frequent breaks during the day or may require certain assistive technology in order to complete their occupational tasks.

As long as the accommodation you are requesting is both reasonable and will not cause an undue expense or hardship to your employer, you are generally entitled to it. Your attorney can aid you in ensuring that you provide proper notice to your employer and that you do so in ways that better guarantee that you will have access to the accommodations you require. If you have already requested an accommodation and have been denied access to it, an attorney can also help you navigate the process of appealing that decision.

Source: Findlaw Law and Daily Life, “Legal How-To: Requesting an Accommodation at Work,” Daniel Taylor, Nov. 5, 2014

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