Kristina A. on June 13, 2021
I wonder if Brandon Gottlieb could weigh in, because I’m in the talent acquisition industry myself. But I appreciate anyone who reads and responds. I would greatly appreciate and benefit from anyones help.
I’ve been on long term disability for 3 years, and a couple months ago my employer gave me an ultimatum; return to work, or they would let me go.
I’m still not sure if this was legal. Friends and family are convinced it was, but a coworker who also has health issues said it wasn’t. She said they likely consulted legal, and I would’ve had to fight them on it. I just decided I’d go ahead and return, because I have never been unemployed and don't have the energy to get into a legal fiasco with them.
I continue to get disability; 9mo trial period from social security, and 12mo from the private LTD company as a “transition to work” period. I am working 20 hours/wk, and I soon realized it’s not ideal due to medical side effects from treatment, and just being put on a bad team. I got a dr note and looked into leaving. But it turns out I’d lose my 6mo COBRA subsidy, as it’s considered “voluntary” leave. Even though it was an honest attempt to return to work.
So I have to stay until September, when the subsidy ends. At which point I need to either A) work 30hrs/wk [30hrs is considered full time, so I can receive employee benefits] or… quit and hopefully there will be an additional special enrollment period and I can find coverage on healthcare.gov marketplace. I can’t go without coverage, that’s my main concern.
Now I’m worried about requesting less hours, because they will be inclined to let me go. I love the recruiting industry, and maybe I could ask to be put on another team that doesn’t ignore me or give me menial data entry work. Then again, if I request a role with more applicant interaction, it might be too tough for me to handle. As it stands, I’m ignored and do easy work. So I’m stuck between staying complacent… or being fulfilled. They're an industry leader, so maybe I should stick it out in hopes for a better role later? It seems like a secure option.
In the meantime I’ve been creating a website for my resume review business, because I have plenty of experience doing that. But I don’t know how stable that is either. I don’t know a thing about running my own business especially pertaining to legal/ financial aspects.
Nothing seems stable at this point. I’m worried my job will let me go if I disrupt the current setup. But if they do, then I just return back to disability income like I was doing, which could be a good thing. But I technically just hit “remission”, and if I am no longer disabled then I worry about how much time I will have to find a job. And what if that job is too stressful to manage- (I know the recruiters on my team are worked to the bone) Especially if I run out of my “trial work period” hours (the clock started ticking down in April, so if I actually wanted to try a job, I won’t have any disability left) In the meantime, I don’t know if my resume review business will be fruitful.
It’s all very overwhelming. I apologize for the length, it’s usually easier for me to explain things when over the phone. My chemo brain has made it harder to compartmentalize my thoughts. I appreciate any consulting on this, it's been really stressful for me. And I thank everyone for their contributions to this website. I bookmarked it a long time ago if I ever needed it, and read a lot of the articles available here.