A third (34%) of employers do not provide financial support if employees are diagnosed with a serious illness such as cancer, according to research by Group Risk Development (GRiD).
The research, published June 2020, which surveyed 500 human resources decision-makers, also found that just under one in ten (9%) believe that financial support is not their responsibility.
However, over three-quarters (77%) of respondents offer some form of practical or emotional support for employees if they are diagnosed with a serious illness.
Furthermore, one third (33%) offer a staged or graded return to work, 32% offer emotional support such as counselling, while just over one in four (27%) offer access to practical support such as access to a rehabilitation specialist.
A further 21% of respondents choose to offer access to medical specialists such as oncologists, while 18% offer access to a second medical opinion service. Additionally, 16% pay for treatment, while 13% offer access to physiotherapy.
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