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.


Peeling onions led to unfair dismissal of woman with glaucoma

A woman with a long-term eye condition, who lost her job at a food preparation firm after being asked to...

Disability and ethnicity pay gap reporting should be made mandatory

14 Nov 2018

Employers should be required to produce a “fair pay report” that considers pay differences based on disability, ethnicity and gender,...

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Three-quarters don’t adjust performance management for staff with disabilities

13 Nov 2018

Three-quarters of employers do not adapt their performance management systems for staff with disabilities or conditions such as dyslexia and...

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Dyslexia and neurodiversity: Why are employers still afraid?

5 Nov 2018

More support is now available to employees with neurodiverse conditions such as dyslexia, but there’s still a way to go,...

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How menopause policies can help to reduce employment tribunal risk

19 Oct 2018

If women’s menopause symptoms are not treated sensitively, employers can face increased risks of claims for sex and disability discrimination....

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Personnel Today Awards 2018 shortlist: Diversity & Inclusion (Private Sector)

14 Sep 2018

Having a diverse and inclusive workforce can bring huge benefits to any organisation. Here we look at the employers that...

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Digital Skills Innovation Fund launched to improve diversity in tech sector

28 Aug 2018

The government has launched a £1m fund aimed at boosting gender, ethnic and social diversity in digital and technology roles....

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Real weekly earnings £13 lower than before the financial crisis

22 Aug 2018

Real average earnings are £13 per week lower than they were a decade ago and there are still significant “employment...

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Four ways employers can support neurodiversity at work

30 Jul 2018

With 700,000 people in the UK now on the autism spectrum and Morrisons having just launched a weekly “quieter hour”...

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Equality and inclusion winners celebrate at the enei 2018 Awards

10 Jul 2018

Croydon Council and ISS UK and Ireland received the overall winner prizes for their inclusion policies at this evening’s 2018...

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Diversity and disability: the equality challenge

1 Jun 2018

Gender pay inequalities may be making the headlines, but the UK’s “disability gap” – the poor rate of employment and...

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Disability pay gap highest since 2013

25 May 2018

Disabled workers earned on average £1.50 less an hour last year that those without a disability, which has pushed the...

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Court of Appeal: Dismissal for behaviour related to disability was discrimination

16 May 2018

Employers could be liable for disability discrimination if they dismiss employees for behaviour that is related to their disability, the...

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Disabled DWP employee was treated unfairly, tribunal rules

9 Apr 2018

A disabled Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) employee has won £26,000 in compensation after an employment tribunal ruled he...

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Disabled employees: the benefits of broadening recruitment

4 Apr 2018

Employing people with mental or physical disabilities could have huge benefits for business, writes Teresa Scott OBE, founder of Kennedy...

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