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STEP 3: Understand Your Rights

Empower yourself by understanding your rights as an employee with kidney disease. Whether you need to take a leave of absence or to adjust your workspace, take steps to learn about your rights and how to exercise them.

Take a Break with a Leave of Absence

Understand Your Rights

If you ever feel like you can’t keep working, think about taking time off. A leave of absence can be very helpful if you need to start dialysis or when you just don’t feel well. Give yourself peace of mind and figure out how to take a leave of absence. Hopefully you will never need it, but you will be glad you made a plan if you do. Look into your company’s sick leave policy and disability insurance and eligibilty under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Know Your Rights as a Worker

People on dialysis have rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Your employer may be able to make accommodations that help you stay employed.

Steps to Take Now

  1. Check Off Your List

    Get a "Working with Kidney Disease" Checklist

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  2. Get Kidney SmartSM

    Find an instructor-led kidney disease education class near you.

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  3. Talk to a Patient Advocate

    Have questions? Call 1-888-405-8803.

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