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Job Interviews: How to Respond to Illegal Questions

Chrissy Brennan on September 8, 2015

Many cancer survivors are concerned that during a job interview, they may be asked about their health history. If you’re faced with an unlawful question, it’s important to know your rights — and how to respond.

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Questions & Answers About Cancer in the Workplace from the EEOC

Kelsey Fenton on July 30, 2015

We recently discovered a great resource from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) website that we wanted to share that contains valuable information about the ADA for cancer survivors.

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"Essential Function of the Job" According to the ADA

Rachel Becker, LMSW on July 27, 2015

posted in ADA, In the News, Legal

An appeals court in Virginia upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the EEOC on behalf of a breast cancer survivor who had been let go from her job after treatment left her unable to do heavy lifting. The court's final ruling was that the firing was not a violation of the ADA, because lifting was an essential function of the job.

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CAC at the White House's "Lead on Leave" Tour!

Cancer and Careers Staff on May 19, 2015

posted in ADA, FMLA

Our Beauty with Benefits collaborator, QVC, recently invited us to attend an important (and timely) event about workplace support. The White House’s “Lead on Leave” tour, a national series of conversations to promote paid-leave, made a stop at Philadelphia’s City Hall on April 21.

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Telecommuting is a Reasonable Accommodation!

Kelsey Fenton on June 4, 2014

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that telecommuting is a reasonable accommodation for workers who can’t make it to the office. This is great news for cancer patients and survivors who need a more flexible work option!

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Finding a new job within your organization

Kelsey Fenton on April 21, 2014

Many cancer patients need to set up accommodations in their workplace in order to keep working, but sometimes a new role within their company or organization is the answer to managing manage treatment side-effects and workload.

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Managing Stress while Working Through Cancer

Kelsey Fenton on March 4, 2014

Deciding whether to continue working during and/or after cancer treatment is difficult. The thought of managing the stress of your job and battling cancer can feel overwhelming, but your career is important for many reasons, including your financial stability and personal identity.

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Working from Home - a Delicate Balance

Amy Coleman on August 29, 2013

Whether you telecommute around the world or work from a home office, striking a balance between your work and personal lives is no easy feat.

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Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act Complaints on the Rise

Amy Coleman on August 22, 2013

Employers are starting to realize just how careful they need to be when it comes to asking about employee health histories.

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ADA National Network

Eva LaManna on November 19, 2012

The ADA National Network provides information, guidance, and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Your Legal Rights in the Workplace

Eva LaManna on February 23, 2012

posted in ADA, FMLA, Legal

I attended a recent Cancer Legal Resource Center informational webinar on cancer and employment law and wanted to share some takeaways.

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Job Accommodations Benefit Your Employer Too

Kate Sweeney on November 17, 2011

A recent study conducted by the Job Accommodation Network (JAN), a service of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), shows that making an adjustment or changes to accommodate an employee’s medical condition usually has a positive impact on the workplace.

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Introducing our Newest Publication: "The Manager's Kit"

Melissa DeLeo on October 31, 2011

You’ve decided to disclose your cancer diagnosis to your employer, what’s next? The Manager’s Kit is designed for you to give to your boss to help start or smooth the conversation. We've laid out the "need-to-know" laws that relate to cancer in the workplace, successful workplace strategies and tips for working with your HR department.

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Telling Your Employer, part 3

Alice McKenney on June 22, 2010

posted in ADA

Did you know an employer is not allowed to ask about your medical history, let alone if you have cancer? It's true! Your employer can only ask if you can perform the essential functions of the job with or without a reasonable accommodation.

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Telling Your Employer, part 1

Alice McKenney on June 22, 2009

posted in ADA

Someone recently asked me on Twitter: Do I have to disclose my cancer to a new employer? This is one of the most common questions that we get. The quick and simple answer is: no. However, you do have to tell if you are requesting reasonable accommodations in order to perform your basic duties.

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Welcome to the new Cancer and Careers blog!

Kate Sweeney on April 16, 2009

posted in ADA

Welcome! Every week there's something in the news that relates to the world of work and cancer. Some are heartening--the stories of public figures like Don Imus and Patrick Swayze who continue

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