Managing Cancer in the Workplace: Legal and Practical Solutions for Accommodating Employees with Cancer

Webinar (EDT)

Frank Morris, Jr., Member of the Firm, will present "Managing Cancer in the Workplace: Legal and Practical Solutions for Accommodating Employees with Cancer," a webinar hosted by the Center for Competitive Management.

With 1.7 million new cancer cases expected in 2016, many workplaces will be impacted by this disease. Yet, with the advances in the treatment of cancer, such a diagnosis may not be as grim a prognosis as it once was. In fact, many employees with cancer are willing and able to work during the treatment and recovery process, which raises a myriad of complexities for employers, including ADA and reasonable accommodation issues, FMLA leave, and GINA compliance.

Discussion topics include:

  • The employer’s role in providing accurate information about employees’ rights and obligations to take advantage of the benefits your organization may offer, such as short- and long-term disability
  • What the employee expects, and your legal obligations to meet their requests
  • Tips on how to handle employees’ emotional reactions and attitudes in dealing with cancer diagnoses, from both a human compassion level and the impact on performance
  • Practical ways in which the ADA and the FMLA may intersect concerning cancer diagnoses
  • Types of ADA accommodations that may be required for employees dealing with the impact of cancer or the side-effects of treatment that may take many months
  • The important role your HR department plays in communicating with front line supervisors about addressing workplace accommodations, intermittent leave under FMLA, and policy enforcement
  • What you can and can’t share with coworkers who are concerned about an employee with cancer

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