Be the Boss Over Cancer

I have a position with a county government. On March 1,2012 my department will be privatize. A manage care company will be taking over. Today I was told I will be laid off as of March 1, 2012. I have been on STD since January 28, 2012, with a RTW date of March 5, 2012. I was not offered a position with the new company.

What are the legal obligations of my current employer? I have been employed since 1999 - full time.

 Can they stop my STD benefits/health insurance with the lay off notice?

 Are they obligated to keep my position open till I return to work?

Am I obligated to take a position with the new company?

 I would like to stay with the county so I can keep my health insurance and STD/LTD benefits due to continued treatment. I am worried about my income.

Do I have any protection with the American Disabilities Act?

Thank you, Mary Huyck

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  • Alice McKenney

    Alice McKenney on Feb 21, 2012

    Cancer and Careers Staff Comment:

    Hi Mary,

    Thanks so much for reaching out.  I suggest that you speak with someone at the Cancer Legal Resource
    Center, they are a nonprofit that provides pro-bono counseling on legal
    and insurance issues and they should have some answers for your questions above. We work very closely with them and their
    info is below.


    Toll Free: (866) THE-CLRC or (866) 843-2572

    Phone: (213) 736-1455

    TDD: (213) 736-8310

    Fax: (213) 736-1428


    I hope this helps!



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