The CIPD report that each year approximately 90,000 people of working age are diagnosed with cancer. As cancer treatments improve, has the world of work caught up with the fact that many of their employees may be living with cancer and related treatment plans ? All employers should have a critical illness policy, reflecting the principles of privacy, fairness, dignity and flexibility. That way, the examples of disability discrimination given in this article can be avoided and employee well-being can be put first, ensuring a good reputation as an employer is maintained.
Almost one-fifth of people (18%) diagnosed with cancer face discrimination from employers or colleagues on return to work, research by the charity Macmillan suggests. The survey of 1,009 patients, all in work when diagnosed, indicated that 15% returned to work before feeling ready. Others said they felt guilty for taking time off work for medical appointments.