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I am unemployed, 58 and will have surgery soon. It might be a little early to start thinking about going back to work but I am wondering what the law is about an employer giving time off for reconstruction. I am going to have a delayed reconstruction after my treatment and feel strong again.

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  • Alice McKenney

    Alice McKenney on Jun 21, 2012

    Cancer and Careers Staff Comment:

    Hi Gayle,

    Thanks for reaching out.  You  might have some legal protection in terms of getting time off for reconstruction, but I actually want to refer you to some organizations who more specifically deal with the nuances of the law. These resources are below:

    • Cancer
      Legal Resource Center
      . http://www.cancerlegalresourcecenter.org.
      866-843-2572. clrc@lls.edu.  This is a great free resource to call or
      email to get personalized info.  National organization.
    • National
      Cancer Legal Services Network
      .
      http://www.nclsn.org/.  This comprehensive website has a service
      directory so that you can find legal assistance near you locally.

    I hope this
    helps and let us know how it goes!

    Best,

    Alice

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