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.


Acas working from home guidance: be ‘practical, flexible and sensitive’

Acas has published new best practice guidance on working from home as more employers ask staff to avoid workplaces amid...

DWP loses 12.5% disability discrimination claims

9 Mar 2020

The Department for Work and Pensions lost one in eight disability discrimination cases brought against it in 2016-19 – more...

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Capping disabled police officers’ pay-outs was discriminatory

28 Feb 2020

The decision to cap compensation for two police officers with disabilities to prevent them from receiving a “windfall” was unfavourable...

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NHS staff survey reveals little progress in boosting health and wellbeing

19 Feb 2020

Only three out of 10 (29.3%) NHS staff say their trust takes positive action on health and wellbeing, with many...

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On the case: reasonable adjustments and tribunal proceedings

19 Feb 2020

Employers should be well aware of their obligations to make reasonable adjustments for disabled employees or job candidates. But what...

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Weekly earnings exceed pre-economic crisis levels

18 Feb 2020

The end of 2019 saw average weekly wages reach their highest since pre-2008 economic crisis levels, but pay growth has...

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Why a promotion can be a nightmare for the neurodiverse

13 Feb 2020

The transition into a management role can be a stressful time for a neurodiverse employee, especially if the cognitive abilities...

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12 Feb 2020

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‘Anti-IQ’ slurs: Why HR should be mindful of intelligence-related bullying

13 Jan 2020

Terms like “nerd” and “geek” may not seem as harmful as racial or homophobic slurs, but a senior academic last...

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Goldman Sachs settles disability claim with former analyst

8 Jan 2020

Investment bank Goldman Sachs has settled a discrimination claim with a former analyst who said the company failed to make...

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Trader diagnosed with depression after excessive working wins tribunal claim

20 Dec 2019

A trader who became ill after working excessive hours in an understaffed department was discriminated against because of his mental...

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Kitchen manager dismissed for food safety issues was discriminated against

9 Dec 2019

A Beefeater kitchen manager who was dismissed for food safety failings after working excessive hours was discriminated against because of...

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Disability pay gap narrows slightly to 12.2%

2 Dec 2019

Disabled employees are paid 12.2% less than their non-disabled colleagues, according to the Office for National Statistics. In 2017, the gap was 12.7%.

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How can employers support workers with spinal injuries?

21 Nov 2019

There has been slow progress in getting more disabled people into work, and those with spinal cord injuries have a...

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Personnel Today Awards 2019: Financial Services Compensation Scheme achieves public sector D&I award

20 Nov 2019

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme scooped the Diversity & Inclusion (Public Sector) Award, sponsored by Civica, at the 2019 Personnel...

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