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Acceptance of Teacher's Disability Retirement Application Doesn't Make Her 'Retired'

Thursday, May 21, 2020 | 108 | 0 | 15 min read

The Rhode Island Supreme Court ruled that a teacher with a disabling psychological condition did not become retired once the state determined that she was entitled to an ordinary disability pension. Case: Providence Teachers’ Union Local 958 v. Hemond, No. 2018-326-Appeal, 05/19/2020, published. Facts and procedural history: Jennifer Leyden worked for the City of Providence as a teacher for 19 years and was assaulted by students on three occasions. After each incident, Leyden sought psychiatric treatment, and each time she was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. The third a...

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