- Question from Bright Side: Last summer I took 7 weeks short-term disability leave due to extended treatment. I have Stage IV cancer metastasized to the bones and am still in treatment. Does my employer have the option of denying disability to me this time? I'm thinking short-term and then possibly having to go into long-term. Thank you.
- Answers - Barbara Hoffman State disability laws govern the terms of when you're entitled to disability, how long, and at what compensation level. So the best thing to do would be contact your state Department of Labor or Unemployment Division to find out how the law covers you. They vary significantly from state to state.
- Irene Card Some employers offer short-term disability or long-term disability insurance policies. These policies vary dramatically from one company to another as to how long you have to be out of work before you are able to collect benefits, and the amount of money you can collect is based on a percentage of your earnings. But each company is different, so you'd have to carefully review that policy.
The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Working During Treatment featured Barbara Hoffman, J.D., Irene Card, and moderator Ruth Oratz, M.D., F.A.C.P. answering your questions about the legal, financial, physical, and emotional aspects of working during breast cancer treatment.
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