- Question from JStephenson: I don't have the luxury of a weekly paycheck. I am a real estate broker working on commission only. How do other self-employed folks keep themselves out there in the market, looking for business and keeping proactive while being treated for breast cancer?
- Answers - Barbara Hoffman For the most part, individuals who are self-employed are not covered by job discrimination laws such as the federal Americans with Disabilities Act or FML Act, and are not covered by most state anti-discrimination laws that are similar to the Americans with Disabilities and FML acts. A few state laws cover employees regardless of the size of the company they work for. But if you are an independent contractor and self-employed, then your goal is to try to work as efficiently as possible to maximize your income while balancing your healthcare needs. I don't think there's a single answer to that, because it depends on your diagnosis, physical health, and resources. One thing that we have been talking about is how important it is to work with your healthcare team to try to manage that balance so you don't work so much that you compromise your healthcare.
- Irene Card Inasmuch as you are paid by earning a commission, which can vary dramatically from month to month, it is important that you establish a budget and only draw X number of dollars each month to meet your budget, keeping the balance in an interest-bearing account that you may need to draw from for next month's budget. Of utmost importance is paying your health insurance premium on time. Do not be late and risk lapsing your coverage.
The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Working During Treatment featured Barbara Hoffman, J.D., Irene Card, and moderator Ruth Oratz, M.D., F.A.C.P. answering your questions about the legal, financial, physical, and emotional aspects of working during breast cancer treatment.
Editor's Note: This conference took place in September 2007.
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