Work is important for many people with cancer or caring for someone with cancer, for lots of reasons. Going to work can give a sense of normality to their life. It can also help with recovery.

Managers and employers play an important role in supporting people with cancer and their carers.

If a person has or has had cancer, they are protected by law from unfair treatment at work for the rest of their life. Under equality laws, managers and employers should try to support employees. This includes making reasonable adjustments to help them stay in or return to work when they are ready and able.

When exploring making reasonable adjustments to the workplace or working pattern, employees should be fully consulted and involved in the process.

Some simple first steps to support an employee could be to:

  • talk to your employee to understand their needs
  • seek support and advice from Human Resources
  • seek specific advice from Occupational Health where appropriate
  • familarise yourself with the Council’s policies and procedures and what they can do to help.
For more information:

Work and cancer | Macmillan Cancer Support