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Unread 12-23-2011, 09:21 PM
time off work question

anyone taken the full 8 weeks off or more?

I live in illinois, and I have Aflac insurance to give me a paycheck while I am off. I'm wondering though about my employer: I work for a small office, under 30 employees. Do they have to hold my job? They thought worst case scenario 6 weeks, but I'm taking 8 weeks and my Dr. agreed. They will NOT be happy and I expect some major head-butting with them.

All I know is two years ago at a much larger job (hospital) I had to take extra time off due to complications from a laproscopic procedure of which I developed a blood clot in my abdomen that was pretty bad, and they divided up my full time position to two other woman so when I returned I had "a job" but it was now only a few shifts a week part time and HR stated they had to keep a job, but not my actual job.

ANY advice, etc is very much appreciated.
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Unread 12-23-2011, 09:30 PM
Re: time off work question

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Originally Posted by kathy1970 View Post
anyone taken the full 8 weeks off or more?

I live in illinois, and I have Aflac insurance to give me a paycheck while I am off. I'm wondering though about my employer: I work for a small office, under 30 employees. Do they have to hold my job? They thought worst case scenario 6 weeks, but I'm taking 8 weeks and my Dr. agreed. They will NOT be happy and I expect some major head-butting with them.

All I know is two years ago at a much larger job (hospital) I had to take extra time off due to complications from a laproscopic procedure of which I developed a blood clot in my abdomen that was pretty bad, and they divided up my full time position to two other woman so when I returned I had "a job" but it was now only a few shifts a week part time and HR stated they had to keep a job, but not my actual job.

ANY advice, etc is very much appreciated.
I work for a bank and have a good ins. company. i only work 20 hrs a week, so I did not qualify for the disibility claim where they have to hold your job for a certain time, I do get paid leave of absence for up to 6 weeks, but they could replace me while I am off! My manager said that I do not have to worry about that. I am going to take 5 weeks off. Why do you think you need 8 weeks with the Davinci? i had LAVH and I think 5 weeks will be plenty long enough.
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Unread 12-23-2011, 09:38 PM
Re: time off work question

I sit for 3 hours straight at work, and also have a LONG walk between offices multiple times daily, and I already possibly tore internal stitches, and I will bring home more in my temp disability check than I would returning to work a modified schedule, so like my Dr. said I should def do it, and I will be thankful.
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Unread 12-23-2011, 10:21 PM
Re: time off work question

Everything in life is a risk.
I am an adult school teacher.
I had a substitute, but I was not paid while I was off, because I am part-time.

I did not even file for disability, as I only am contracted to work 12 hours a week.
You have a different scenario. You work full-time. This is difficult.

I had the hysterectomy by daVinci, and I went back to work within 3 1/2 weeks. I did not have complications from my surgery at the time.

I was told that I could not lift over 5 pounds.

I did fine, but I tried to sit down as much as possible.
I told my class that they had to pass out all of the books, papers, and carry things to and from my car.

In other words, I did my job, but it was modified for me to ease me back in to work.

No one can make this important decision for you.
You do not know if you will heal fast or more slowly.

Everyone is different.

I would like to be able to say that all employers are fantastic. This is not always the case, unfortunately. As you have already experienced with your previous job, reality sets in.

I knew I had to try to do my best to get back to work ASAP, or a new teacher would probably take my place. The economy is not what it used to be, so getting long periods off may not be doable for some employers.

If it were me, I would stick to the 6 weeks off, if I did not have complications after my surgery. That is the new standard, given the daVinci surgery.

If you go back within 6 weeks, you can ask your doctor to modify your job for x additional number of weeks to not include the deliveries or picking up anything over 5 pounds.

Your employer should be happy that you are back at work, modified duty or not.

My doctor offered to write me off for 8 weeks too, but I declined and asked him to sign a return to work form for 4 weeks. I actually went back within 3 1/2 weeks, but no one checked the dates.

My first week was only 3 days long, just so I could "ease" into my job.

Good Luck!
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Unread 12-23-2011, 10:26 PM
Re: time off work question

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Originally Posted by kathy1970 View Post
I sit for 3 hours straight at work, and also have a LONG walk between offices multiple times daily, and I already possibly tore internal stitches, and I will bring home more in my temp disability check than I would returning to work a modified schedule, so like my Dr. said I should def do it, and I will be thankful.
If you rest up at home, another month will make a big difference with your healing. Wait until then to decide.

If you call your employer now, they may not take it well.
It is a risk.

Your doctor is right, but see how you heal first.
He might not be able to pay your rent or mortgage for you if you lose your job.
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Unread 12-24-2011, 04:46 AM
Re: time off work question

thank you everyone, excellent advice.

I have to submit my paperwork Jan 3rd so I can begin to get my temp disability paychecks but I will just word it to them as the total truth: I see the Dr. on Jan 28th for 2nd follow up and will find out then. I have thought about most of the night tossing and turning from what you all wrote, and I am thinking now too that I will be able to return to work the monday after that #2 appointment, and that will end up being 6 weeks I think, so incentive to recover the best I can and not over due it as I will also be going stir crazy as I can't stand watching tv all day now, LOL.

I guess I should add that before my surgery I was looking for a different job and figuring out how I could cut my hours if I stay there anyway, so that is probably why I was thinking that way.
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Unread 12-24-2011, 05:41 AM
Re: time off work question

I am not a lawyer, but the FMLA is federal law. It requires 12 weeks leave for medical reasons. With it they do have to hold an equitable job, but not necessarily your job. The catch is that the employer has to have a minimim number of employees before they have to comply and I think that number is more like 45. Did you fill out paperwork prior to surgery? Research the details...called Family and Medical Leave Act.
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Unread 12-24-2011, 07:09 AM
Re: time off work question

Be careful with FMLA, it is not all it is said to be. The day I got back from surgery, 6 weeks, I was told that my job was being eliminated. I contacted the labor board and they told me that since my employer was holding my job for 30 days and that is all they had to do.
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Unread 12-24-2011, 07:34 AM
Re: time off work question

Family Leave Act is the law for many states, but there are "grey areas."

If you like and want to keep your job or even need the money, then I would not use it to the fullest extent.

I would still take the minimum time off that I needed to heal nd get back to my job.

It is far different if you have been working at the same company for 20 or 30 years......than if you were only working for 6 or 12 months.

If the boss likes and trusts you than it makes a huge difference.

Good Luck.
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Unread 12-24-2011, 05:21 PM
Re: time off work question

They should hold your job bc you are under doctors care... Doc trumps employer everytime... AFLAC is great I am using it now, and I used it for 11 mths when I had my child... I work around chemicals so they disable you if you are preg to protect the baby...I think there has tp be a certain number of employees at a company before FMLA will protect u... If your company offers you STD then I would most def think they would hold your job
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