Disability

The Equality Act 2010 sets out a definition of disability, which must be met for an individual to be protected from disability discrimination. Where an individual meets the definition of disability, the employer has a duty to make reasonable adjustments to enable him or her to overcome disadvantages in the workplace.

An employee will be disabled under the Equality Act 2010 if he or she has a physical or mental impairment that affects the ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. The adverse effect on this ability must be substantial and long term.


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Tory manifesto: National retraining, NI holidays and more gap reporting

Theresa May launched the Conservative Party’s 2017 election manifesto today, and for HR and employers there are no big surprises....

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Liberal Democrat manifesto: guarantees for EU workers and stricter corporate governance

17 May 2017

The Liberal Democrat Party’s official manifesto has been released today and includes a raft of proposals around employment rights, equality...

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Social media misconduct: dismissal harsh but fair

17 May 2017

An employment tribunal has held that the dismissal of a long-serving employee over derogatory comments she made on Facebook about...

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How would scrapping the 12-month mental health requirement affect employers?

15 May 2017

Proposed changes by the Conservatives could see people with shorter-term mental health issues protected by disability discrimination laws. Yvonne Gallagher...

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Recruitment: psychometric test was discriminatory, holds EAT

8 May 2017

Recruiters will have to be more careful about adjustments to the format of recruitment assessments for disabled job applicants, following...

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Short-term sickness absence policy: a 15-step guide for HR

3 May 2017

Putting together a short-term sickness absence policy can be one of the most daunting tasks an HR professional can face....

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Long-term sickness absence policy: a 16-step guide for HR

3 May 2017

A watertight long-term sickness absence policy can give employees who are off work for an extended period the best chance...

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Long-term sick leave dismissals: court guidance on borderline cases

21 Mar 2017

The Court of Appeal has provided guidance on when employers can dismiss an employee on long-term sick leave, in what...

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Mental health at work: look at the causes as well as the cure

1 Feb 2017

Theresa May recently pledged to tackle the stigma around mental health problems with a host of new initiatives. However, HR...

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Tribunal Watch: Teacher’s dismissal for showing 18-rated film to pupils

9 Jan 2017

Tribunal Watch returns with a round-up of recent case law reported in the news. The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) upheld...

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Duty to make reasonable adjustments: five tips from case law

5 Dec 2016

The duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled workers requires employers to consider what is “reasonable”. But how can employers...

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The 10 most important employment law cases in 2016

30 Nov 2016

What were the most significant employment case law decisions in 2016? Stephen Simpson counts down the 10 most important judgments...

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Tips for dealing with difficult pre-employment medical screening issues

8 Nov 2016

The Equality Act 2010 introduced a ban on pre-employment medical screening before a job offer is made. Six years on,...

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How can employers help to close the “autism employment gap”?

31 Oct 2016

A report published last week by the National Autistic Society has called on employers to help close the “autism employment...

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National Dyslexia Week: time for employers to celebrate neurodiversity at work

6 Oct 2016

To coincide with National Dyslexia Week, Acas has published research on policies and practices which can help staff with neurological...

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