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Posted 5/26/2014

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  This really should be a Labor Day post, but Memorial Day is where we are, and I am just seeing this. I am pretty certain that, if I tuck it away somewhere until Labor Day, I will never see it again--which also means that neither will you. This is a day off for most of us, the official start of summer although we have been sleeping still with flannel sheets and wearing jackets and not exactly basking in the sun. There is no question, however, that it is way better than February!

  This is an information sheet from NCCN (National Comprehensive Cancer Network that details our rights to employer accomodation while going through treatment. It also discusses some ongoing issues, but the focus is active cancer patient needing or wanting to work.

  This is the kind of thing that you may not need or want now, but if you have a good filing system, it is worth saving in case you need it later. Here is the start and then a link. If you have some extra time, you might explore the NCCN website (see above link) which has a great deal of useful information.

Requesting Job Accommodations During Treatment
Approximately one-third of all Americans will develop some form of cancer in their lifetimes, and many will continue to work throughout treatment.
If you're worried about managing disease symptoms and treatment side effects while managing the challenges of a job, be assured that there are ways to request accommodations that can work for both you and your employer.

Defining 'disability'
Under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), employers cannot discriminate against workers with
disabilities, and must provide reasonable accommodations such as time off and flexible hours when cancer is a disability. The gray area lies in determining what is meant by a "disability," since the ADA's definition is broad and not associated with any specific medical conditions.
Cancer itself is not considered a disability by law; however, it is considered a disability when the disease or its treatment causes "physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities," such as caring for oneself, walking, performing manual tasks or working. Thus, even if cancer is caught and treated early, it still may lead to some impairment - depression, perhaps - that may persist and impinge upon your job.




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