Employees With Cancer: The Legal Playbook For Managing Accommodations, Leave, And Critical Considerations
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It’s a sad yet increasingly common fact of life: Employees get cancer. If you have not yet dealt with this situation at your workplace, it’s likely you will at some point. Reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society, indicate that over the next decade, an estimated 18 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer.
Many employees with cancer are willing and able to work during the treatment and recovery process, which is great news—but cancer in the workplace raises a host of complexities for HR.
Don’t get caught unprepared. Join us when presenter, Kimberly A. Klimczuk, Esq., a seasoned employment attorney and partner with Skoler Abbott & Presser, will provide you with valuable insight into the legal considerations relating to employees diagnosed with cancer, as well as tips on ways you can comply with the law when supporting these employees.
- Leave, particularly intermittent leave
- Confidentiality about the employee’s diagnosis (and prognosis)
- Managing workplace questions, rumors, and gossip in an effective yet legally compliant way
- ADA and reasonable accommodation issues
- EAP referrals
- Medical certifications
- Allegations of bias on the basis of actual or perceived disability
- Balancing compassion with productivity concerns
- The legal restrictions employers must comply with when an employee reports being diagnosed with cancer
- FMLA, ADA, ERISA, and other federal laws employers, and HR managers, need to be familiar with
- Best practices for managing requests for medical certifications under FMLA
- The importance of having clear policies and communicating them to employees with cancer
- The types of HR or manager errors can lead to discrimination lawsuits
- Options for providing reasonable accommodations for employees with cancer
- And much more
About Your Presenter
Kimberly A. Klimczuk, Esq.
Skoler Abbott & Presser
Kimberly Klimczuk joined Skoler, Abbott & Presser in 2004 and concentrates her practice on labor law and employment litigation. She became a partner with the firm in 2011. Ms. Klimczuk’s experience includes negotiating collective bargaining agreements and advising on contract interpretation; representing clients in labor arbitration; and successfully defending clients in state and federal court and before administrative agencies in a variety of areas of employment law, including wage/hour law, discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge and breach of contract.
In addition, she has assisted employers in compliance matters involving the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, and drafted numerous affirmative action plans for them. Ms. Klimczuk is a frequent speaker for a wide variety of associations and organizations, and is an active member of the Western Massachusetts community.
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