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Breast Cancer: Recurrence: At Work

How To Plan Before You Take Days Or Weeks Off

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If you are going to take time off, start planning. It will help you and your co workers. For instance:

  • Look at benefits from your workplace and think about how to maximize your time off while minimizing disruption in your pay. (See How To Maximize Your Benefits If You Need Time Off For Health Reasons)
  • If your employer has forms to complete in order to take time off, get the forms and see what you need to do to complete them. If the form needs input from your doctor, send it on to the doctor. Ask the doctor to return the form to you rather than the employer (so you can check it over). Give the doctor a deadline by when you need the completed form.
  • Talk with your boss about:
    • Working different hours, part time, or perhaps from home. (See “To Learn More” about working from home)
    • Sharing work with other people.
    • Passing work on to other people.
  • Make detailed lists of the work that will need to be done or followed up on while you are not working. Include deadlines and contact information for the people involved.
  • Check to see if your employer or state required program provides short term disability income.
  • Decide how to maximize time off with benefits.
  • Learn about protections such as the Family And Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
  • Think about where income will come from. Check for disability income from your employer, disability insurance, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or state disability income.  

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