Reasonable Disability Leave or Not?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors disability leave:

My wife came down with shingles and started suffering from post shingle pain. The HR person at her work told her she had 30 days to return to work or be terminated. The company has short term disability up to 12 weeks, but they aren’t putting her on disability, is this procedure right?

Signed, Frustrated on behalf of my wife

DearĀ Frustrated on behalf of my wife:

For situations like this we always refer people to the department of labor in their state, since laws vary from place to place. You may also find some assistance about this issue from sites such as Or, from

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