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Living with an illness can sometimes keep you out of work for weeks. When this happens, short term disability may be a lifesaver. In Ontario, implementation of disability benefits occurs between the employer and their representing insurance company. The human resources department at your workplace will assist you in applying for short term disability.
Go to the human resource office or individual at your place of employment to inquire about an application for short term disability. Discuss what forms you need to complete, and what the deadline is for returning these forms. Inquire what forms your doctor will need to complete. Ask about the waiting period before your disability starts. Determine how many weeks your benefits will last. Calculate how much pay can you expect to receive, and find out if any deductions will be taken from the payment.
Contact your physician's office and ask them to provide details to your employer and the insurance company, regarding your need for short term disability.
Review any employee handbook you received, and write down the information about short term disability. Since this benefit is negotiated between your employer and the insurance company that handles the benefits, the exact procedure may vary by company.
Meet with the insurance adjudicator or liaison employee, and provide any information requested. Be careful about giving out too much information. Answer the questions asked, but don't volunteer information.