Does myemployer have to find work for me after surgery?

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Does myemployer have to find work for me after surgery?

I work in a warehouse and just had hernia surgery. My doctor has now released me with lifting restrictions. They’ve told me they don’t need me back until I’m fully healed, and it will be unpaid time under FMLA. Do they have to accommodate my “disability” if I’m willing to work? Or do I have to take this time unpaid? Also, I’ve been with this employer for 11 years, but just got a full time position and I don’t get short term disability for about 2 more weeks. Would this qualify under short term disability? Or would it be excluded since the surgery was before the effective date?

Asked on February 14, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Iowa

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