Paid Leave Policies for Cancer Screenings

The New York State Department of Health offers resources to help employers develop an effective policy of providing paid leave for employee colorectal cancer screenings (breast and cervical are also covered).

The resources make the case for employers that by providing paid leave for cancer screenings, employers may realize a healthier workforce and be able to reduce expenses on worker compensation and disability costs, replacement costs for ill or injured employees who are absent, and recruitment and training costs for new employees. The website also walks employers through elements of an effective policy on paid leave, such as including union leadership in the process considering Employment Retirement Income and Security Act (ERISA) requirements.

Thank you to NCCRT Steering Committee member Dr. Heather Dacus for sharing these resources.

Evaluation: The content and messaging was developed based on information gathered from literature searches and from feedback from contractors implementing paid leave about common barriers they encountered when promoting the work.

Permissions: Made publicly available online through the New York State Department of Health.

Publication date: May 2016

Post date: September 20, 2017

Contact: Email comments, questions, and suggestions to CanServ@health.ny.gov.