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.


Rudd wants to increase disabled workers target

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

TUC and GMB ‘passports’ to boost disabled people in work

25 Feb 2019

The TUC and the GMB union have launched an effort to prevent disabled people from leaving their jobs because of...

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Adjustment grants for workers with disabilities to increase

12 Feb 2019

Workers with disabilities will be able to claim up to £60,000 per year to help pay for workplace adjustments when...

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Disability ‘woefully absent’ from leadership agendas

15 Jan 2019

While leadership teams increasingly embrace the challenges of gender and ethnic diversity, research has shown that disability is absent from...

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Discrimination arising from disability: questions remain about “unfavourable treatment”

8 Jan 2019

XpertHR consultant editor Darren Newman suggests that a recent Supreme Court decision raises more questions than it answers about the...

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Early-retiring employee not treated unfavourably by pension scheme, says Supreme Court

18 Dec 2018

The Supreme Court has ruled that an employee was not treated unfavourably after his early retirement due to ill health...

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Employers urged to reveal number of disabled staff

23 Nov 2018

Large employers are being urged to take an “honest look” at how many disabled people they employ by publicising their...

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The Virgin Money team receives its Diversity and Inclusion (Private Sector) Award at the 2018 Personnel Today Awards ceremony

Virgin Money strikes right balance for Diversity & Inclusion (Private Sector) Award win

21 Nov 2018

With its sixth Personnel Today Awards win in seven years, Virgin Money again wowed the judges; this time with its...

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Peeling onions led to unfair dismissal of woman with glaucoma

16 Nov 2018

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

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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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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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