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  • As regular readers of SS&Y are aware, the Social Security Administration administers 2 trust funds. The Old Age Survivors Insurance (OAS’) fund pays retirement benefits. The Disability Insurance fund (DI) pays disability benefits. When Congress passed and President Obama signed the Bipartisan Budget Act in November of 2015 to reallocate current contributions between the OASI…

    7+ months ago
  • The Social Security Administration has announced there will be no Cost of Living Adjustment in 2016 for the nearly 65 million Americans drawing Social Security disability, retirement or SSI benefits.  This is because there was no inflation between the third quarter of 2014 and 2015 as measured by the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage…

    2+ years ago

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  • Spring-Summer 2015 Newsletter SSDI Insolvency Looms We’ve known it’s been coming for some time and now it’s on our doorstep. Unless Congress acts the Social Security Disability Insurance Trust Fund (DI Trust Fund) will become insolvent late next year and unable to pay full benefits any longer. Millions of Americans who rely on their disability checks for most, if not all,…

    2+ years ago
  • Fall 2014 Newsletter OBAMACARE UPDATE On October 1st it will have been a year since enrollment began in the Affordable Care Act national health insurance program known as Obamacare. The difficulties in the early weeks and months have been well documented. But where are we a year later… Read the Newsletter in PDF format.   Read the Newsletter in PDF…

    2+ years ago

What Are Workplace Accommodations?

Asking for reasonable workplace accomodationsIf you have a disability but have still be denied Social Security benefits, it may be because you can still do your job, but with workplace accommodations. Find out what to ask for and whether your employer is required to provide it.

Just because you are disabled doesn’t mean you can’t still work. It may instead mean that you will need some workplace accommodations that will allow you to continue to do your job. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), your employer is required to provide you reasonable accommodations and a chance to do your job before demoting or firing you.

Requesting Workplace Accomodations

The accommodations you need will depend on your disability and the nature of your job. They are changes to the work environment or adjustments in how and when the job is performed. They can include:

  • making existing facilities accessible;
  • job restructuring;
  • part-time or modified work schedules;
  • acquiring or modifying equipment;
  • changing tests, training materials, or policies;
  • providing qualified readers or interpreters; and
  • reassignment to a vacant position.

Some of the common workplace accommodations include reduced hours, seating adjustments, and working remotely. Your employer is only required to give you accommodations that you ask for, so be sure to work with your doctor and social security disability attorney to figure out what adjustments you need to comfortably do your job.

Reasonable Limitations

No matter how serious your disability, your employer is only required to provide workplace accommodations if it is “reasonable” to do so. If a requested change would cost too much or interfere too much with the working environment, it can refuse.

Nor does a refusal automatically qualify you for full social security disability benefits. The standard for determining disability isn’t whether you can continue to do the work you have always done. Instead, the Social Security Administration asks whether you are physically able to perform any job you are qualified for. Even if your employer is unable to provide reasonable workplace accommodations, the SSA assumes you may still be able to find work someplace else.

That is why one option available to your employer is to reassign you to a vacant position. However, if your new job has fewer hours or lower pay, that may make you eligible for a partial disability insurance benefits. Such an award will provide you some money to add to what you are able to earn in your reduced employment.

Getting a social security benefits denial can be discouraging. But by working with a social security disability attorney like William Crawforth, you can find ways to continue to work and sometimes receive partial disability compensation to help make up the difference. If you or someone you know needs a workplace accommodation to continue doing their jobs, contact William Crawforth today for a free consultation.

Call today if you have questions about the Michigan Social Security Disability Attorney and Lawyer Services provided by William Crawforth.

To schedule an appointment call 800-864-1244 or fill out the contact form at the top of this page.

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