HR positive about meeting disability law regulations

Eight out of 10 HR managers claim they have had no problems complying with
disability law, according to a CIPD report.

Adapting to Disability reveals that 80 per cent of respondents believe the
support of senior managers and directors is the best way of breaking down
barriers for people with disabilities at work.

The research claims the biggest obstacle to employers in complying with the
Disability Discrimination Act 1995 has been employees’ negative attitudes
towards people with disabilities.

Two-thirds of respondents report attempts to change the attitude of
co-workers and supervisors.

Dianah Worman, equal opportunities adviser at the CIPD, said,

"With the 2004 deadline for compliance drawing nearer it is vital
employers anticipate any changes that need to be made.

"By not doing so employers run the risk of losing out on talented
people. They also run the risk of legal challenge and awards against employers
are unlimited."

Eight out of 10 of the 800 HR managers surveyed are familiar with framing
questions – asking about an applicant’s ability to perform specific tasks
rather than their disability.

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