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Has anyone taken disability leave, and then used it to look for jobs? How does this work legally?

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I mean you have to have a real medical condition - physical or mental to qualify for short term disability. If you do, how you use that time is your decision.

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Had a friend’s friend do this. She definitely burned bridges with her original company, but she’s happier now at her new company based on my limited interactions at dinners/HH’s with her!

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I don’t see why it would be a problem. If you’re trying to get disability benefits you just need a doctor to fill out the forms

OK; the other option is unpaid leave.

Ok I guess I’m confused. Do you have an applicable health condition that would warrant short term disability? Or were you just going to try to get a doctor to sign off on disability leave so you could find a new job?

There's two parts to this. 1) Regardless of leave type can you look for alternate employment? Answer is yes, you're an adult you can look whenever you want. 2) Can you take disability leave? Answer is you need to decide.

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