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How Should Employers Respond to an Employee Diagnosed with Cancer?

Posted by Wendy White on June 7, 2016

How Should Employers Respond to an Employee Diagnosed with Cancer? | Wendy White | HR Insights blog by CareATC, Inc.According to a recent survey, 71% of HR professionals have no policy for employees diagnosed with cancer. Because of the diversity of cancer cases, this leaves a lot of decisions to be made on the spot.

What about recovering patients who want to return to work after a lengthy absence? What about cancer prevention and preventive screening?

HR managers surveyed disagree about whether the employer should even know about a cancer diagnosis. Respondents were divided nearly 50/50.

A cancer diagnosis is a crisis situation, and decisions made in these moments will be emotional. With improving survival rates and treatment methods, it's important for HR to create specific policy.

Currently, managers have to "think on their feet," and careful planning will make an employee cancer policy that is consistent, calm, and compassionate.

Read full article at Onrec.

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Wendy White

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Wendy White

As the Director of Client and Clinical Services at CareATC, Wendy manages the implementation and ongoing success of our clients' clinic programs. She is also a resident expert on all things CareATC, having been with the company for over 10 years.

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