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Caring for someone with cancer
It’s against the law for your employer to discriminate against you (treat you unfairly or less favourably) because of your caring responsibilities. It’s also illegal to deny you opportunities, intimidate or harass you, or terminate your employment if you are caring for someone with cancer.
If you ask for flexible working arrangements because of your caring duties, your employer must consider your request. They can refuse your request on reasonable business grounds only.
Podcast: Cancer Affects the Carer Too
Brooke Russell, Principal Occupational Therapist, WA Cancer Occupational Therapy, WA; Bianca Alessi, 13 11 20 Consultant, Cancer Council SA; Dr Prunella Blinman, Medical Oncologist, Concord Cancer Centre, Concord Repatriation General Hospital, NSW; James Chirgwin, Physiotherapist, The Wesley Hospital, QLD; Danielle Curnoe, Consumer; Simon Gates, Barrister, Tasmanian Bar, TAS; Justin Hargreaves, Medical Oncology Nurse Practitioner, Bendigo Health Cancer Centre, VIC; Kaylene Jacques, Director, People and Communications, Cancer Council NSW; Alex Kelly, Senior People Attraction Advisor, Human Resources, Allianz Australia Insurance, NSW; Legal reviewer; Georgina Lohse, Social Worker, GV Health, VIC; Lesley McQuire, Consumer, Cancer Voices NSW.
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