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Cancer in the Workplace: Compliance Burden or Hidden Opportunity?

Cancer in the Workplace: Compliance Burden or Hidden Opportunity? looks at the ways that employers can benefit from making “reasonable accommodations” with employees with cancer.

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Amendments to the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) marked a sea change in the way cancer patients are protected under federal law — essentially defining all of them as disabled.

While many employers fear that accommodations for employees with cancer will be expensive, a study by the Job Accommodation Network found that more than half of ‘‘reasonable accommodations’’ employees disabled by cancer need ‘‘don’t cost the employer anything at all,’’ and many of the rest cost less than $500.

The rewards for employers and HR departments willing to work in partnership with employees with cancer go beyond simply remaining in compliance with the law. The employer can retain a qualified employee, avoid the costs of hiring and training a replacement, and boost overall employee morale. 


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