Bearing No Ill Will

Employers are finding ways to support and retain the growing number of chronically ailing employees in America's work force

John Kennedy has high hopes that he will feel well enough this year to work. Born with hemophilia, a hereditary blood-clotting disorder, the 41-year-old Chicagoan contracted hepatitis C through blood transfusions given as part of his treatment. The once energetic attorney was forced to quit his job. Now, however, he no longer needs to take a particular antihepatitis drug that left him heavily fatigued, and he plans to return to work for the first time since 1995. "I'm definitely optimistic that I can start practicing law again soon," he says. The trick will be finding an employer who is flexible, understanding...

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