Rights at work
Did you know that anyone who has – or who has had – cancer is protected by law against unfair treatment at work? Research surveys show less than half of people living with cancer are aware of this. It’s something we’re desperate to change, and Macmillan volunteers have a key role to play in spreading the word, says Volunteer News.
Research shows that people affected by cancer aren’t always aware of all their rights at work and don’t always get the support they’re entitled to. At Macmillan, we’re trying to set the record straight.
We want to make sure employees with cancer know their employers have a duty to make changes to help them do their jobs during and after treatment – if reasonable to do so. These changes are known as ‘reasonable adjustments’ and may include time off for appointments, a phased return to work, working from home or even changes to role responsibilities made in agreement with the employee.
Help us spread the word
If we want to make sure more people are aware they have rights at work, then we need all hands on deck. Please let the people you encounter when you’re volunteering know about their rights at work. They can find out more on the Your rights at work page.
Another way that you could help us get the message out there is by taking on a volunteer role at one of our services. You could give your time at your local Macmillan cancer information centre, for example, and give people the information they need about work and cancer.
Volunteer News spoke to June, an information centre volunteer (pictured above) who says, ‘My role as a volunteer at the Macmillan cancer information centre involves giving support to those who drop in, and pointing people in the right direction for information. I refer them to Macmillan benefits advisers, counselling, complementary therapies, and much more.’
If you'd like to search for a role like June's, head to our Volunteering page >