Employees with Cancer in California: Commonsense Answers for ADA/FEHA, FMLA/CFRA, and Privacy Compliance

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Last year, there were 1.6 million new cancer cases in the United States, plus an additional 2 million nonmelanoma skin cancer diagnoses. And with these numbers set to rise, it's safe to say you will have an employee, or an employee's family member, fighting this dreaded disease.

If the situation weren't difficult enough on a personal level, HR also has to comply with the ADA and FMLA -- plus their California counterparts -- not to mention GINA and a whole host of state and federal privacy laws. And productivity issues come into play when absences become protracted.

That's why it's more important than ever that you're aware of the legal and practical challenges that arise when an employee is diagnosed.