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  • 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…

    3+ years ago
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    If you have a psychological disability, the application process for Social Security Disability Insurance can be difficult. Now a committee from the Institute of Medicine is calling for more testing, which could make it even harder. In 2014, the Social Security Administration paid benefits to nearly 11 million disabled workers and their dependents. Of those,…

    4+ years ago


  • Spring 2019 Newsletter An Opioid Story I’ve changed his name. Let’s call him Gerald. He was a laborer. And by that I don’t mean that he just did physical work. He was a card-carrying member the Labor’s Union local. And that meant a lot to him. I represented him for Social Security disability and Michigan…

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  • Winter 2018 Newsletter Congress, Once Again, Sets Its Sights On SSA Periodically, Congress will decide to “streamline” or “reform” Social Security, especially disability, in order to “ensure the future of the benefits’: In September that came around again. Hearings were held on September 6, 2017 before the House Ways & Means Committee regarding how eligibility…

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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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