Coronavirus, work and cancer
What are my rights at work during the pandemic? Hello, I'm Abby and Welcome to our coronavirus series of talking cancer a podcast remote Millen and Boots where I talked to experts to get the answers to the questions about Molina's hearing the most off today. We've got Liz Egan joining us again. And you might remember this from series one. She's McMillan's work in cancer expert and we'll help the answer some of the questions coming through to McMillan support line questions about like what your rights are at work. If you're living with cancer during coronavirus your employer needs to think, you know, creatively and you can think as an employee creatively about what sort of changes could be made to ask you to stay at work. So what to expect after the job retention scheme ends will employers they should talk to staff about plans to end for a low as early as possible and they need to encourage staff to raise any concerns. They have we'll also hear some top tips from Richard get in touch with the manager speak to him about how you think you can do your role in a slightly different way where McMillan and We're talking cancel. Lee's welcome back. It's so lovely to see you again as any other episodes we've recorded I'm going to time stamp this we're recording on the 9th of October 2020 and all the information we talked about is correct. As of today Now ladies we've spoken before about your rights at work if you're diagnosed with cancer and for anyone who would like to hear more about this, it's just it's really brilliant. I would really recommend going back to series one and listening to our work and cancer episode Soul is what's changed apart from everything for people living with cancer. Lung coronavirus is in the picture. Well, yes, absolutely. Everything has changed Emma as we know anybody who has a weakened immune system is at risk of being more seriously ill if they get coronavirus juice and some people with cancer may be at a higher risk of coronavirus as result. And so when you have cancer and you're also coping with with that and coping with work that can be Really difficult and can be even more worrying four people. So yes, so people's lives have changed very significantly because of the coronavirus. It's a super stressful time is near and it must be it must be really nice to people who were at one time told to Shield or that they were more vulnerable because they were having treatment and then to have to go back to work if their employees, you know, say well home phone for business now do people have to go back. I mean our people are obliged to go back to work if they don't feel safe to do so or do they have choices to keep working from home. Well, so I suppose the first thing to say is that the government affected its guidance on shielding in August of this year, which means shielding has now been paused so that means in practice you can go to work and if you cannot work from home as long as there's business is what they call covert safe now and it's important to note that this guidance is advisory. So what I would suggest, you know, the first step really is you should just first of all have a discussion wage Employer and agree your plan for returning to work. Now where you work is a question mark you know, so as I've said with the previous series, you know under the equality act which applies in England Scotland and Wales and the disability Discrimination Act which applies in Northern Ireland. Your employer has a legal obligation to make what we call reasonable adjustments to help.