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Other Resources For Workers With Disabilities In New Jersey

 

Beyond basic protections against disability discrimination in employment, there are other laws and programs that can help people with disabilities in particular employment situations:

For those injured on the job:

  • Worker's Compensation laws may provide cash and medical benefits to workers injured in accidents while on the job. For more information:

  • Worker (from the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development) - State temporary disability benefit programs sometimes provide short-term cash assistance for people out of work because of a disability that is not job-related.

  • If someone besides your employer was at fault in causing your on-the job injury, tort laws might provide a cash recovery.

  • Disability During Unemployment Program (from the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development) - If you became disabled while on unemployment benefits, the NJ Disability During Unemployment program may help you.

Other laws might help workers hold a job while recovering from an illness or injury:

  • Family and Medical Leave (from the US Department of Labor) - The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides unpaid work leave for some workers. This can protect a worker's job for up to 12 weeks in a year-long period while recovering from a serious illness or medical condition.

  • The Family and Medical Leave Act Fact Sheet (from the NJ Division on Civil Rights)State leave laws can sometimes protect a worker’s job for a limited time and even provide paid leave in some situations.

  • Family Leave Insurance - Frequently Asked Questions (from the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development)

  • Workers can sometimes receive additional unpaid leave as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act or New Jersey Law Against Discrimination.

Miscellaneous:

  • The Red Book - A Guide to Work Incentives (from Social Security Online) - Workers receiving Social Security SSI or SSDI disability benefits can use a variety of work incentive programs to sometimes keep cash and government medical insurance benefits while testing whether they can keep a job. The Social Security Redbook explains some of these programs.

  • DiscoverAbility / NJ WorkAbility (from the NJ Department of Human Services) - The NJ Workability Program provides Medicaid health insurance to some working people with disabilities, who would otherwise not qualify because of their finances.

  • Services for Individuals with Disabilities (from the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development) - People with disabilities may be entitled to free or low cost employment and vocational rehabilitation benefits in order to maximize their employment potential.

  • Resource Directory (from the NJ Division of Disability Services) - provides comprehensive information on programs for people with disabilities in New Jersey.

This information last reviewed 1/18/12.

 

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