How to Keep your Job when You go to Treatment

How to Keep your Job when You go to Treatment

Thursday, January 18, 2018 | By Chris Clancy

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is legislation that protects you from losing your job when a major medical event occurs. This can be anything that requires hospitalization or stabilization, including substance abuse treatment.

No one can plan for situations requiring hospitalization but you don’t have to worry about returning home to unemployment. We assist you every step of the way so that you can have a clear mind and focus exclusively on your recovery knowing that your livelihood is safe.

FMLA Requirements 

First, you have to have been an employee for 12 months (not necessarily in a row) and worked at least 1,250 hours total.

Second, the employer must have at least 50 people within 75 miles of your jobsite to be obligated to approve FMLA. However, we have great success with patients working for smaller employers and still receiving approval when the paperwork has been submitted.

Employer Legal Obligations

They are legally obligated to provide you with your employee-funded plan and to guarantee your position, or one of similar title and same pay, upon your return.

In this state, you may feel overwhelmed or hopeless. We want you to know that we will walk you through every step of the process to ensure your paperwork is filed and approved. As uncomfortable as it may sound, this process cannot be completed prior to arrival to the facility.

Whether you got injured on the job, have an issue requiring surgery, or need to receive professional help for a substance abuse issue, FMLA can protect you and keep your treatment confidential while securing your position once you are in the clear.

Once You Arrive, We Are Here to Help

When you arrive to the facility, you will be assessed for stabilization. If detox is needed, you will spend a few days visiting with the doctor, receiving comfort meds, and becoming healthy again.

During this time, you may begin the process of reaching out to your HR rep with the assistance of one of our skilled intake coordinators. They will answer any and all questions that you have about the process and will send the paperwork off to your HR department, with all the necessary documentation and signatures, for approval. Again, the nature of your treatment is kept confidential and your employer does not need to find out about your addiction.

Patients use FMLA for a variety of reasons every day. It is a useful tool and a lifesaver for many families who are faced with the necessity of receiving treatment. Click here to learn more about FMLA.

If you are ready to get the help you need, we are here for you. Call today, 270-781-3387.

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