I got put on short-term disability leave a few months ago because my company decided (company-wide, not just for me or other employees with health issues) to roll back flex time and work from home, limiting it to no more than once a week. I'd been doing an 11-7 schedule because my symptoms are worst in the morning, and I'd taken work-from-home days when I had doctor's visits or the symptoms were especially bad—not excessive in my opinion, but definitely more than once a week, about 5-7 times a month on average.
So when they changed the policy, they said I could either stop flexing time and working from home immediately and start doing a 9-5 in-office schedule (a no-go) or go onto short-term disability until my "symptoms improved".
Anyway, since my spondy has been in remission for years, and continues to basically be in remission, and these symptoms are (apart from the scheduling difficulties they bring) just nuisances and not going to just vanish, I started looking for work at a company with a more forgiving policy.
I just got a job offer for a telecommute position doing work I like better and for a company I'm more excited about, which should be
fantastic news, right?
But I'm drawn up short by a clause in the STD initiation paperwork (emphasis mine):
If you do not return to work following this leave for a reason other than (1) the continuation, recurrence, or onset of a serious health condition which would entitle you to long-term disability coverage; or (2) other circumstances beyond your control, you may be required to reimburse Company for the Company’s share of health insurance premiums and salary paid on your behalf during your leave.
This is obviously kind of freaking me out--I don't want to give notice in order to take a job, one I can do with my disability, and be told I owe thousands of dollars in pay and benefits!
Maybe I could go back to work for a few days before giving notice?
Does anyone have any experience or advice they might share to help me figure out what to do?