Are employees required to disclose to their supervisor if they have a health condition or disability?

No. You do, however, need to make known to your supervisor your needs for accommodation/adjustment resulting from a health condition or disability.

What does it mean to register with UReturn?

Registration means that we complete a process that defines roles and responsibilities for you and your supervisor in a confidential manner. We will ask you to complete some brief forms.

I was just diagnosed with a health condition and I'm learning how to cope with my new symptoms. Are there accommodations that can help?

Adjustment to a new or changing health condition can be challenging. One of those challenges is determining the impact of this condition on your job. UReturn will work with you, your physician, and your supervisor to help determine what, if any, reasonable accommodations/adjustments are suitable, and then facilitate an accommodation request.

An employee is out on an FMLA leave and is ready to return to work. How can UReturn support in this process?

UReturn can assist employees to return to work at the earliest medically suitable point. UReturn will work with employees’ physicians to define functional limitations, and to explore reasonable workplace accommodations.

I have been having performance problems on the job, and I know it is related to my health condition. Can my supervisor discipline me for this?

Your supervisor needs to address performance issues. UReturn can help you and your supervisor differentiate issues related to a health condition/disability from performance issues, as well as determine if an adjustment/accommodation is needed.

Will my supervisor and co-workers know about my disability?

UReturn is a confidential office. Your supervisors and co-workers will not receive diagnostic and/or treatment information from UReturn. You have the right to self-disclose to those with whom you feel comfortable.

I was recently diagnosed with diabetes. Is that considered a disability?

Disability determination is not made by diagnosis alone. The functional limitations associated with that diagnosis are of greater importance in determining whether someone has a "disability" as defined by disability law.

I am transitioning back to work on campus and have University-supplied equipment in my home office. Whose responsibility is it to get it moved back?

Returning equipment back to campus is the employee’s responsibility.  Please review University policy: Remote Work-Business Expenses.

I applied for Short Term Disability through UNUM.  My orthopedic surgery was canceled at the last minute and I am not able to reschedule it at this time.  I am having a lot of pain and am unable to do my job.  Can you help me?  (And other questions about UNUM benefits).

Please contact the University Employee Benefits office. Also please connect with your UReturn Access Consultant regarding possible workplace accommodations.