Chris Elmore, Member of Parliament for Ogmore, is encouraging local businesses to sign up to a voluntary charter which helps to protect employees should they be diagnosed with a terminal illness.
The “Dying to Work” charter was created by the Trade Unions Congress (TUC) and asks businesses to guarantee that they will not impede any individual who wishes to continue working when diagnosed with a terminal illness.
Mr Elmore commented: “Sometimes the nature of an illness means an individual is unlikely to be able to work again, however many employees decide they would like to continue working – sometimes as a helpful distraction from their illness. This charter helps to remove any of the barriers between the employer and the employee so that there is no unnecessary friction following whichever decision the worker makes.”
Over half a million businesses across the UK have already voluntarily signed up to the charter, including city councils, NHS Trusts and the Co-operative Group, protecting millions of workers.
The MP continued: “I’ll be signing up to the charter to protect the team who work for me. It’s important that employees have this protection at what would surely be an incredibly distressing time for them. If somebody is able to continue in their job and they wish to, no employer should stand in their way.”
Businesses and other employers can sign the charter by visiting: http://www.dyingtowork.co.uk/five-steps/.