The EEOC published a Q&A document last month explaining when cancer is a "disability" under the ADA and how you should accommodate employees with cancer.
More than 1 million Americans are diagnosed with cancer every year, and more than 40 percent are working age. Some cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy, are administered over weeks or months and may leave patients fatigued or ill for several days. The EEOC suggests that reasonable accommodations may include:
- to receive and recover from treatments or surgery.
- More frequent breaks or a flexible start time.
- The option to work from home if possible.
- A modified schedule with fewer than normal hours.
Find the EEOC guidance at www .eeoc.gov/facts/cancer.html.