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Pros & cons of declaring BC as disability when looking for a new job

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Re: Pros & cons of declaring BC as disability when looking for a new job

Forgot to add top and bottom of all this is my union rep and autism caseworkers tell me to alert those offering the job that I AM disabled as they reckon it will be in my favour re reasonable adjustments.
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Re: Pros & cons of declaring BC as disability when looking for a new job

I work in the civil service and have this dilemma every time I consider applying for a new job or promotion as new shift patterns were brought in that stipulate you must be able to work any 5 days out of 7 between 8am and 10pm. As I don't drive and public transport is non existent in my area on Sundays this would be hugely stressful for me. I always believed since my BC and Autism diagnosis I would be exempt from this on reasonable adjustments but now I am not sure. I had BC in 2014 and still get pain and fallout from Tamoxifen!
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Re: Pros & cons of declaring BC as disability when looking for a new job

Emily, you have to declare it now that it's been offered to you. It gives you protection - allows you to decline overtime, change of role etc 

 

I've been in my job from Sept 16 to now, told my boss when she offered the job, then she left a month or so ago leaving me with a whole load of c**p. I came clean with the CEO (her boss) telling him that she and another senior member of staff knew as that will help me if they ask me to take on stuff that is too challenging for my position especially taking my health into consideration. 

 

As an HR professional I would not recommend declaring it at application stage - the question is "do you consider yourself to be disabled?" or "do you require any adjustments?". Personally, no I don't consider myself disabled, and I only applied for jobs I felt I could do - ie part time, term time, school hours, day off mid-week, longer lunch break. 

 

I don't think it is reasonable for someone to apply for a full time job and then request part time hours because of a disability / cancer. You have to be realistic when you apply for a job and then the employer will be understanding. 

 

Remember when applying for a job it is a two way, win win thing - they want you as much as you want them. Do not lie, but be truthful and everything will be OK. It is tough for employees and employers. 

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Re: Pros & cons of declaring BC as disability when looking for a new job

I have just been accepted for a new job and have been thinking about the same things. Its actually with the NHS in a new oncology unit, so my oncoligist might recognise me anyway lol! But I haven't said anything as yet.

 

Occupational health are going to ask questions and I think I will have to come clean but its a hard one.

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Re: Pros & cons of declaring BC as disability when looking for a new job

Interesting question ... I had absolutely no idea about this!

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Re: Pros & cons of declaring BC as disability when looking for a new job

I ticked no this time last year as I don't consider myself disabled. At interview I explained my absence from work as a crossroads in my life, to time out to figure out what I wanted to do. This is not a lie, just economical with the truth. When I received the phone call offering me the job subject to medical I came clean, told them I'd finished treatment, negotiated job a longer lunch break and Wednesday as my day off.

Medical came back clear, my reasonable adjustment being the part time I'd applied for. Been back at work since last August, two years after diagnosis.
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Re: Pros & cons of declaring BC as disability when looking for a new job

Hello,
I recently added some extra hours to my workload, but if i had not been successful i would not have minded. I declared on the application as felt they were more eager. They still took me on, and i am very happy there. I also feel secure knowing this has been out there from the beginning.
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Re: Pros & cons of declaring BC as disability when looking for a new job

I've got lymphoedema on my right arm upper torso so the only possible adjustments I can think of would be wrist pads for computer keyboard.

Like I said before I don't consider myself a disabled but I'm not either planning to keep my cancer secret as I will have to explain absence (over a year) from work down the line anyway.

As suggested by Saffron I had a quick look at Macmillan website and they are strongly advocating declaring cancer as disability as protection against whole host of things althought it might put off some employers from hiring you.

 

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Re: Pros & cons of declaring BC as disability when looking for a new job

A few thoughts for you. The disability question also seems to vary a lot, sometimes it doesnt ask for specifics and sometimes it just asks what adjustments are needed. Are there any adjustments you would wish them to make for you?

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Re: Pros & cons of declaring BC as disability when looking for a new job

Thanks Saffron, I'll def contact Macmillan. Have a lovely weekend x

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Re: Pros & cons of declaring BC as disability when looking for a new job

The legislation is there to protect people with disabilities so the question has to be asked so they can make reasonable adjustments both for attending interview and in in work, as it is a legal requirement.  A lot of employers are not very 'good' at making adjustments and as you say treat disability as a 'nusiance' which is so unfair for disabled people - other employers are very supportive and welcoming and will do all they can to accomodate the individual whatever the disability.  It is a difficult one for you - breast cancer is a disability under the equalities act and employers will have to make reasonable adjusemtents for anyone they employ if the breast cancer symptons/se warrent.  If i were you I would speak to Macmillan who have good experience of employment law and they will advise you on what they feel you should disclose when applying for jobs. 

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Pros & cons of declaring BC as disability when looking for a new job

It seems all job applications now have a question "Do you consider having a disability" and I'm not sure what to answer. Yes I've had BC so under employment law I'm now classified forever as disabled but I don't really feel like it.

 

If I say 'yes' will they discount me from the start or just go through the hoops to show that they've considered me but never having any intent on offering me the job even if I would be most suitable candidate?

 

If I say 'no' will that exclude me from something that would be beneficial for me?

 

So in a nutshell looking for any pros and cons for declaring BC as disability when applying for jobs, thanks