Do I need to tell employer about MS?
Most people with MS don’t have to tell their employer about their diagnosis. However, you must tell your employer about your MS if: your MS may affect health and safety in the workplace.
Can MS stop you from working?
You can work with MS. Many people who have it stay in their job for years after they’re diagnosed. It varies greatly from person to person. In time, you may need to ask for accommodations so you can continue there.
Does MS qualify for short term disability?
Some states require employers to provide short-term disability coverage. It is not unusual for people with MS to pursue long-term disability after being on short-term disability because they are unable to return to work.
How long does MS relapse last?
A true relapse lasts more than 24 hours and happens at least 30 days after any previous relapses. Relapses vary in length, severity, and symptoms. Over time, symptoms should improve. Many people recover from their relapses without treatment.
Is it illegal to discriminate against someone with MS?
This means it is illegal to discriminate against someone because they have MS. This applies from the moment they are diagnosed, no matter how their MS affects them. To put in place any reasonable adjustments your employee needs in order to do their job. Not to treat them unfairly.
What should you do if your employee has multiple sclerosis?
You should take care to ensure that any information your employee shares with you about their MS remains confidential. For example: Do not discuss their MS with anyone else, unless they have said you can.
What to do if your employer discriminates against your mental health?
If your employer fails in their duty of care as an employer, or discriminates against you when your mental health condition counts as a disability, then you are likely to have a valid claim against them. See our overview guide on discrimination at work and our article on disability discrimination for further information and advice.
Do you need to tell your employer if you have MS?
– Your MS may affect your ability to drive safely. Should I tell my employer, even if I don’t have to? If you need any support at work – such as reasonable adjustments or time off for appointments – you may decide to tell them. Even if you don’t need any support, you may still want to tell them so they’re aware in case things change in the future.
Is it illegal to discriminate against someone with multiple sclerosis?
This means it is illegal to discriminate against someone because they have MS. This applies from the moment they are diagnosed, no matter how their MS affects them. To put in place any reasonable adjustments your employee needs in order to do their job.
What to do if an employee with MS discloses their diagnosis?
Understand the nature of MS so that if an employee discloses their diagnosis you can ensure the workplace is supportive. Remember that MS is different for everyone, so ask people what they need. Have the work environment assessed by professionals who understand the needs of a person with MS and can suggest adaptations to accommodate them.
What happens when you tell your employer you have MS?
You may be worried about how your employer will react when you tell them about your MS. But research has found that people with MS who tell their employer about their diagnosis are more likely to remain employed, and to stay in work for longer, than those who don’t. How you choose to tell your employer is up to you.
Why do people with multiple sclerosis need supportive employers?
For many people with MS, having a supportive employer is what enables them to manage their condition at work, and to remain in employment. The MS Society has made this short film demonstrating the difference that a supportive employer can make.