If you have or have had cancer, you are protected by law from unfair treatment at work. Talking to your employer can be a first step to getting the support you need.
Cancer isn't fair but your boss has to be
Understanding your rights at work, following a cancer diagnosis is important, especially during this difficult time.
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If you have or have had cancer, you are protected by law from unfair treatment at work. This means that it's unlawful for an employer to treat you less favorably (discriminate against you) because of your cancer.
Under equalities law your employer should try to support you. This includes making changes (known as reasonable adjustments) to help you stay in or return to work when you are ready and able to. To find out more about your rights, download our short guide. If you live in Northern Ireland, please download this guide.
We know it can be difficult to know where to start, or what to say. Gentian received advice from our Work Support Service. Read Gentian’s story.
If you have questions about work and cancer you can call our dedicated Work Support Service on 0808 808 0000, Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm. For support with other cancer-related issues, such as financial, diagnosis and emotional support, you can also contact the Macmillan Support Line using the same number, open 7 days a week, 8am-8pm.
Download our step-by-step guide to help you find the words to talk to your employer.
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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.
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.
Macmillan at work provides information, training and resources for your employer to help them support staff affected by cancer.
We can send you relevant information to help with the physical, financial and emotional effects of cancer. Sign up to receive ongoing email support.
Download or order our booklet to learn more about your rights at work, what discrimination is, and how the law protects you.
This booklet looks at how cancer treatments can affect your ability to work. It covers how to cope with side effects, decision making, and tips on talking to colleagues.
A guide for anyone who is working while looking after someone with cancer. It includes advice about the key issues working carers face.
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