Disability discrimination is a hot topic this month as the scope of the DDA continues to widen.
The latest amendments, introduced on 5 December, will make it easier for more employees to bring claims involving stress and depression.
And people with cancer, HIV or multiple sclerosis are now deemed to be disabled under the DDA from the point of diagnosis. So, if you have not already done so, you should start introducing practices that flag up any stress and depression issues early.
Don’t miss our case round-up (page 9), which interprets some of the latest tribunal decisions relating to disability and offers practical guidance on what you can do to ensure you don’t end up in court.
On a less serious note, now that the silly season is almost upon us, turn to page 17 and have a go at our quiz – based on some of the more quirky employment law cases and stories of 2005. We also clarify some of your Christmas legal dilemmas (page 16) to help you benchmark what is reasonable behaviour for employees and employers during the festive period.
Finally, a big thank you to all those readers who took part in our recent reader research survey. In February, we’ll be unveiling a brand new look for Employers’ Law, taking into account all your feedback and employment law information requirements. If you have any further comments about the magazine, please get in touch.