How to help employees return to work after long-term illness

A number of us will experience cancer or other long-term illness in our lifetime – and there are concrete things employers and employees can do to make returning to work after or during treatment as easy as possible

16th February, 2020
How to help employees return to work after long-term illness
Half of us will get a cancer diagnosis in our lifetime and many of us continue to work during treatment or return to employment afterwards. Picture: Getty

Half of us will get a cancer diagnosis in our lifetime, according to the Irish Cancer Society. With improvements in treatment and early detection, more and more people continue to work during treatment or return to employment afterwards.

Despite this, many organisations are unaware that they have legal responsibilities towards staff who experience long-term illness. They are unaware that cancer is classified as an illness that falls under the Disability Act 2015.

Similarly, employees often don’t...

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