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.


Mind the ‘double discrimination’ disability gap

Employers need to be mindful not just of the “disability gap” when it comes to employment but “double discrimination” around...

Financial Conduct Authority discriminated against worker with kidney disease

23 Aug 2019

Tribunal finds poor appraisal score was discriminatory.

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Diabetic bank manager discriminated against after locking customer in branch

13 Aug 2019

An employment tribunal found the bank liable for disability discrimination.

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Employment law changes: 10 proposals in the pipeline for HR

2 Aug 2019

Amid all the political turmoil in July, employers will be forgiven for missing a flurry of proposed new employment laws...

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Disability benefit extended after Supreme Court ruling on mental health

22 Jul 2019

A landmark Supreme Court judgment could mean that people who find social situations debilitating will now be eligible to claim...

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Theresa May announces new Office for Tackling Injustices (OfTI)

12 Jul 2019

Outgoing prime minister Theresa May has announced a new independent body responsible for challenging social injustices and creating a fairer...

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Statutory Sick Pay reforms part of disabled workers’ support plans

26 Jun 2019

Statutory Sick Pay will be reformed under new measures to better support people with disabilities and long-term health conditions.
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Police officer’s ‘perceived disability’ was discriminatory

24 Jun 2019

A police officer in Wiltshire Constabulary suffered from a degree of hearing loss but this did not affect her ability to do her job, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

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Medicinal cannabis: what HR needs to know

24 Jun 2019

Although the prescription of medicinal cannabis products is not yet widespread in the UK, employers need to be aware of the legal framework concerning its use

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Npower discriminated against autistic worker

21 May 2019

A former Npower employee with autism has won a claim for indirect discrimination after the company failed to make adjustments...

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Neurodiversity and performance: what employers need to know

7 May 2019

Employers are waking up to the benefits of a neurodiverse workforce. But when it comes to performance management processes, new strategies will be needed

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Government hails increase in disabled people in work

15 Apr 2019

There are 930,000 more disabled people in work today than in 2013, according to new Department for Work and Pensions figures, an increase of an average of 500 more people per day.

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British Council: ‘There’s a whole ecosystem of diversity here’

15 Apr 2019

For the 650-strong support centre for the British Council in India, it can be a challenge to find good talent but embedding diversity into its culture has helped

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Neurodiversity: Creating a supportive working environment

29 Mar 2019

Ahead of World Autism Awareness Week, employers should be thinking about creating an inclusive and supportive working environment for neurodiverse...

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Rudd wants to increase disabled workers target

5 Mar 2019

Amber Rudd has announced that she will review the government’s target of getting one million more disabled people in work...

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