Your rights at work

If you have or have had cancer, you are protected by law* from unfair treatment at work.

What are my rights?

Where reasonable, your employer should make changes to help you do your job during and after your treatment. These changes are known as reasonable adjustments.

Read our guide to reasonable adjustments [PDF] for information about the types of changes that could be considered and how to approach them with your employer.

*The Equality Act 2010, or the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (and its extension, the Disability Discrimination Order 2006) if you live in Northern Ireland, doesn’t just apply to employees – job applicants and the self-employed are also protected.

Watch: Helen's story

Helen talks about her experience of working through cancer and how she asked her boss to make adjustments.

Watch: Helen's story

Helen talks about her experience of working through cancer and how she asked her boss to make adjustments.

More information and support

  • General information

    For employees

    If you have cancer, it can be difficult to know how to talk to your employer about it. It's important to remember that there are laws protecting people with cancer in the workplace.

  • General information

    If you're a carer

    Balancing work and looking after someone with cancer can have a big impact on your life. Learn about your rights and the support available.

  • General information

    If you're self-employed

    Worries about work are very common for people affected by cancer. They may seem especially tough if you're self-employed or run your own business.

  • General information

    For your employer

    Macmillan at work provides information, training and resources for your employer to help them support staff affected by cancer.