Q. Do I have to disclose to my supervisor if I have a medical condition or disability?

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

Here is a helpful document that discusses the pros and cons of disclosure, as well as, the appropriate time to do so: JAN - Dos and Don'ts of Disclosure.


Q. What does it mean to register with UReturn?

A. 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 and provide necessary medical documentation that meets our documentation guidelines.


Q. I was just diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), and I'm learning how to cope with my new symptoms. How do I know if there is an accommodation to assist me?

A. Adjustment to a chronic medical diagnosis can be challenging. One of those challenges may be 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 accommodation/adjustment is suitable, and then facilitate its implementation.


Q. I've been out on an FMLA leave for back surgery. Why should I contact UReturn?

A. UReturn can assist you and your physician to return-to-work at the earliest medically suitable point. In addition, UReturn will work with your physician to define functional limitations upon return, as well as any work hardening/reintergration that is medically necessary.


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

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


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

A. 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.


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

A. 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. An individual with a disability is defined by the ADA as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment.


Q. If an accommodation is recommended by my doctor or UReturn, is my department required to provide this accommodation?

A. The department is required to participate in an interactive dialogue with you/employee to discuss the accommodation request and any other options.  The department will consult with Human Resources to make the final decision whether or not providing the accommodation requested is considered reasonable.