Q I am a site manager for a national chain of cafes, and a member of my staff was recently involved in an accident that resulted in her losing one of her hands. She wants to return to work but our site cannot easily accommodate her disability without so More...25 May 2010 14:24
Some of the most significant changes to the new Equality Act can be found in the provisions relating to disability. Daniel Thomas assesses what they mean for employers. For the first time, under the Equality Act coming into force in October 2010, More...19 May 2010 08:00
A PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) partner said "real partners simply do not get sick", it has been alleged at employment tribunal.
The managing partner of PwC's Northern Ireland office was claimed to have written the remark in an e-mail after learning More...07 May 2010 09:17
The woman at the centre of a landmark discrimination case in which the House of Lords clarified the UK's Disability Law has been awarded £125,000 compensation from her former employer.
Elizabeth Boyle, who had developed vocal nodules which threaten More...22 April 2010 08:47
Protection for employees against discrimination by association has been confirmed following the settlement of a high-profile case.
Attridge Law has now dropped its legal challenge against whether former employee Sharon Coleman could claim for const More...30 March 2010 13:12
People with serious health conditions are being registered as 'ready to work' and having their benefits cut because of failings in the benefits system, research has found.
The report on research by the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) revealed that the More...23 March 2010 09:11
The City of Edinburgh Council v Dickson
The claimant, Alistair Dickson, was employed by Edinburgh Council as a community learning and development worker. Dickson had had type 1 diabetes for more than 30 years, and was disabl More...22 March 2010 09:56
Improved training for front-line public sector workers is at the heart of a new government strategy aimed at enhancing the lives of adults with autism.
The 'Fulfilled and Rewarding Lives' strategy is intended to improve diagnosis and access to ser More...04 March 2010 15:01
NHS Employers launched a national campaign today (3 March 2010) to end stigma against NHS workers suffering from mental ill health. The campaign, 'Open your Mind', will also work to improve employment rates for those with mental health conditions and he More...03 March 2010 10:51
XpertHR consultant editor Darren Newman asks if the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in Coleman has overstepped the mark in construing the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) so as to prohibit associative discrimination - a process that effectively involved inserting two new subsections into the Act.
More...17 February 2010 12:18
Use this model policy from XpertHR to establish the basis on which employees can bring assistance dogs to your workplace. This policy should be implemented along with your equal opportunities and diversity policy to establish an inclusive and accessible workplace for disabled employees.
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Employers are under an obligation to safeguard against discrimination in the workplace on the grounds of disability. The fact that reasonable adjustments must be made to assist disabled employees during the course of their work is well recognised, but this duty also applies to recruitment and selection. Janice Nairns outlines employers' responsibilities.
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A controversial job ad for "cool and good-looking" staff at a major high-street retailer leaves the company wide open to tribunal claims, experts have warned.
American-based clothes store Abercrombie & Fitch is due to open its first store in Abe More...11 February 2010 15:51
Law firm DLA Piper has denied discriminating against a successful job applicant on the grounds of her ‘perceived’ disability.
The claimant, known only as ‘J’, told the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) the firm had offered her a job as a professional More...04 February 2010 09:08
DLA Piper will challenge a disability discrimination claim today after being accused of withdrawing a job offer from a claimant with a mental health condition. The law firm will appear at the Employment Appeal Tribunal accused of retracting a jo More...02 February 2010 08:36
A ban on pre-employment health questionnaires could land employers in tribunal if they are unable to make reasonable adjustments for candidates with health issues and are forced to withdraw the job offer.
But despite the increased risk of litigation More...22 January 2010 17:03
Political parties could be forced to set quotas on the number of women and ethnic minority people they employ, under new proposals to be unveiled today.
A cross-party review by the Speaker's Conference has concluded that mandatory legal quotas shoul More...11 January 2010 08:40
HR news and analysis, including:
We talk to Lord McKenzie about the government’s mental health employment strategy
And we discuss union reaction to proposed cutbacks in the civil service compensation scheme.
Our news digest includes: More...11 December 2009 15:56
Carers who want to update their skills will be able to access replacement care funding, the government has announced. Carers who wish to enroll on government-approved training courses can gain support to find work through Jobcentre Plus funding to co More...07 December 2009 12:01
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) was exempt from having to make reasonable adjustments when disciplining a disabled employee for leaving work early without permission, because it could not have known that the employee's disability placed him at More...03 December 2009 08:00