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

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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Discrimination arising from disability: big payouts by employment tribunals

30 Aug 2016

In a number of recent disability discrimination claims, employment tribunals have found employers guilty of “discrimination arising from disability” under...

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Deaf workers: one in four has quit a job because of discrimination

25 Aug 2016

One in four workers with hearing loss has been forced to quit a job because of discrimination, according to a...

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Dismissal of paraplegic employee angry over lack of wheelchair access

23 Aug 2016

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that it could be discrimination arising from disability to dismiss a disabled employee who...

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Belief in proper use of public money can be philosophical belief

10 Aug 2016

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) ordered the employment tribunal to reconsider whether or not a claimant’s philosophical belief in the...

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Five important employment law cases in 2016… and five more to come

21 Jul 2016

Your annual summer round-up of the most important employment law cases 2016 has seen so far, and those still to come…

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Disability: NHS worker’s claim over blood phobia rejected

7 Jun 2016

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has rejected a reasonable adjustments claim by an NHS worker with severe phobias of blood...

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Working carers: only one-third of employers offer support

6 Jun 2016

Employers are being urged to put processes in place to assist working carers, as research reveals that only one-third (34%)...

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Dismissal over erratic behaviour was disability discrimination

29 Apr 2016

An employment tribunal has held that it was discrimination arising from disability for an employee with mental health problems to...

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