Understanding your legal responsibilities

Cancer is classified as a disability under both the Equality Act and the Disability Discrimination Act.

As an employer, you are legally obliged to make workplace adjustments where appropriate, just as you would with any other disability.

The government-funded scheme, Access to Work may be able to help with the cost of making workplace adjustments.

For more information about the Equality Act, download our guide for employers [PDF].

The Equality Act does not apply in Northern Ireland, where employees with cancer are still protected from discrimination at work by the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

Find out more about the legislation here.

Watch our ten-minute video showing how an employer made temporary changes to an employee’s work duties to help them remain in work during treatment. Order the DVD containing all our support videos for employers.

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head and neck cancers and what to expect


with and after treatment for head and neck cancers


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