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Reasonable accommodation & disability

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Latest post Wed, Feb 22 2017 3:53 AM by AttyMcGill. 3 replies.
  • Mon, Feb 20 2017 6:31 PM

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    Reasonable accommodation & disability

    Will applying for a reasonable accommodation now adversely affect applying for disability retirement in the future?

  • Tue, Feb 21 2017 3:45 AM In reply to

    Re: Reasonable accommodation & disability

    It has to be done, anyway -- whether now, or during the process, where the agency has to complete SF 3112D, Agency Efforts for Reassignment and Accommodation.  Thus, the short answer is "no", it will not hurt the process because it is part of the process itself.

    Sincerely, Robert R. McGill, Esquire

  • Tue, Feb 21 2017 5:16 AM In reply to

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    Re: Reasonable accommodation & disability

    Mr. McGill,

    Thank you very much for your reply!

    As a follow-on question, if a reasonable accommodation is granted that addresses the employee's current health condition, then the health condition subsequently worsens over time, will OPM be less likely to rule favorably on disability retirement at a later date?

  • Wed, Feb 22 2017 3:53 AM In reply to

    Re: Reasonable accommodation & disability

    Most 'accommodations' are not really legally-viable ones, but informal adjustments that are simply termed loosely as 'accommodations'.  If such work-adjustment attempts fail, such failures can only help a disability retirement case because one can argue that we all 'tried' but failed.

    Sincerely, Robert R. McGill, Esquire

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