Human Resources Lessons from NFL Preseason Football: Employees Returning to Work After Cancer Treatment

With the number of cancer cases rising in the United States, it is safe to assume that human resource professionals may have an employee or an employee’s family member fighting this dreaded disease.  Looking at the recent return to work of a professional football player, this article discusses several cases which highlight the difficult considerations employers must take into account when dealing with an employee who is actively fighting cancer or returning to work after treatment.  HR will have to consider compliance with the ADA, FMLA, GINA, and a number of state and federal laws.