Chronic Illness: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Job

Know your options, know your rights

Chronic Illness: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Job

Chronically ill workers in the United States face uncertainty because they worry about their health, in addition to their jobs. Protections offered to them by the government are quite vague, adding more insecurity.

A study out of the Center for Economics and Policy Research found that even through the United States is one of the 22 richest nations in the world, it is the only one that does not guarantee paid sick leave for employees. While paid sick leave is available to most employees for a short-term illness, such as the flu, the waters can be quite murky for people with chronic illnesses.

Three Ways to Protect Your Job

Job protection can help provide relief for people with chronic illness. Here is what you need to know.

Employer’s Policies. It is your responsibility to learn about your employer’s time-off policies. You can learn this information through your company’s handbook or intranet or by speaking with your employer’s human resource department. Your employer may have several options available to you, including paid sick leave, family and medical leave, and short- and long-term disability.