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BCNA News 13 Oct 2021

When an Employee Needs Leave for Cancer Treatment

‘Don’t come back’ were the words Liz Tapping heard when she asked if she could take leave from her job to receive treatment for breast cancer.

Her employer of 5 years sacked her on the spot.

A recent ruling in the Federal Circuit Court found this action contravened the Fair Work Act.

Termination of employment for wanting to take personal or annual leave to have surgery or treatment is discriminatory and illegal.

Better outcomes are achievable and long court cases avoidable when employers have greater understanding of their rights and are equipped to support a person with breast cancer.

BCNA provides resources to educate and support employers and employees.

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