Bridgend Council set to sign charter to protect the rights of terminally-ill staff


Bridgend Council’s Cabinet is set to sign the BCBC up to the TUC’s “Dying to Work Charter” – which has been drafted to protect the rights of terminally-ill employees (pdf).

While the report says BCBC staff with a diagnosis of terminal illness are “treated with dignity and respect”, the Charter will require BCBC to make some changes, including:

  • A specific statement within the council’s sickness and absence procedures that no employee with a terminal diagnosis will be dismissed because of their condition.
  • Provide confidential advice and support – counselling and financial advice – to employees who’ve received a terminal diagnosis; something BCBC says they already do.
  • Provide training to line managers and HR staff on how to deal with terminally-ill staff – again, something BCBC says they already do.
  • Notify all employees that BCBC will commit the contents of the Charter.
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