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.


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

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

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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Neurodiversity: Are employers losing out on skills of people with autism?

28 Mar 2018

A recent CIPD report found that almost three-quarters of employers‘ policies ignore neurodiversity. But given that around 10% of the...

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Disability: Access to Work grant rises by a third

20 Mar 2018

Some disabled employees are to receive a 36% increase in Access to Work grants to assist them at work from...

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Hundreds of BBC staff demand full pay transparency

6 Mar 2018

Hundreds of BBC staff, including stars such as Mariella Frostrup, Victoria Derbyshire and Rev Richard Coles, have written to the...

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National plan for hearing loss aims to spread good practice at work

27 Feb 2018

Action Plan on Hearing Loss is a national programme to spread good practice. This year NHS England published guidance on...

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Apprentices in Wales should receive same financial support as students

14 Feb 2018

Financial support for apprentices in Wales should be strengthened to encourage more people to take up vocational training.
In its...

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Disabled shop worker wins tribunal award from M&S over lift key

15 Jan 2018

An employment tribunal has made an award of £1,000 against Marks and Spencer after a delay in providing a disabled...

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Report calls for action on women’s health issues at work

4 Jan 2018

A recent report from the Work Foundation is appealing for an end to stigma surrounding women’s health issues at work,...

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Eight employment law cases that will shape 2018

28 Dec 2017

We round up eight significant employment law decisions expected in 2018, with cases due on employment status in the gig...

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Fit for Work assessments to be scrapped

1 Dec 2017

The Government has announced that Fit for Work assessment services will close next spring, following low referral rates.
Employers, employees...

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Metropolitan Police collars Award for Diversity and Inclusion

23 Nov 2017

London’s police force has made great strides in recruiting more black and ethnic minority officers and has redesigned its selection ...

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Colour blindness deemed not to be disability at tribunal

7 Nov 2017

A claimant’s red-green colour blindness could not be considered a disability under the Equality Act 2010, an employment tribunal has...

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Six important employment law cases in 2017

28 Jul 2017

The decision by the Supreme Court that the employment tribunal fees system is unlawful may be one of the most...

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