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.


Barclays banker given £10k pay-out in toilet access case

A tribunal has found Barclays had failed to make reasonable adjustments for a banker who had Crohn's disease.

Government has ‘one shot’ at tackling disability employment barriers

22 Mar 2021

Employers have signed an open letter urging the Prime Minister to do more to improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

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Female police officer subject to diet comments wins tribunal claim

16 Mar 2021

Detective constable Kerry Moth has won a claim for harassment after being told she might feel better if she stopped drinking ‘gallons of Coke’.

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Employment law specialist wins £168,000 in unfair dismissal case

11 Mar 2021

Elizabeth Aylott suffered from anxiety and depression and was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder after leaving her job at BPP University.

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Sellafield accused of ‘toxic culture’ of bullying

10 Mar 2021

A 'toxic culture' of sexual harassment, racial abuse and homophobic bullying has been uncovered at nuclear site Sellafield.

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How to be more inclusive of staff with ADHD

5 Mar 2021

People with ADHD often report having difficulty prioritising work tasks or remaining focused when reading or writing. Katherine Kindersley explains how organisations should support them.

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How can we ensure post lockdown recruitment is inclusive?

3 Mar 2021

As hiring confidence builds, how can employers ensure that any reasonable adjustments they make for candidates will match the working...

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Diversity, the final frontier: space agency seeks disabled astronaut

16 Feb 2021

The European Space Agency (ESA) is seeking new astronauts for the first time in a decade and D&I is among its major goals.

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TSB sets diversity targets for first time

8 Feb 2021

TSB has for the first time set targets to increase diversity within its organisation.

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23 Jan 2021

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Government ‘behind curve’ on supporting women in the arts

13 Jan 2021

Women are still hugely under-represented in the theatre, film and television industry, according to a report published today (13 January). ...

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Top 10 Covid-related claims employers could face in 2021

4 Dec 2020

The Government’s furlough scheme, large-scale redundancies, safe working concerns and the rise of flexible working will have a big impact...

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Disabled jobseekers ‘still face barriers to public sector roles’

3 Dec 2020

Although the Covid-19 pandemic has broken down numerous barriers that often stop disabled people finding work, there is still a...

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A fifth of disabled workers had work from home requests turned down during pandemic

23 Nov 2020

One in five disabled employees has had their request to work from home, be furloughed or redeployed during the pandemic...

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Why management styles have to adapt for remote working

3 Nov 2020

Widespread working from home is creating an imperative for teams to review and adopt different management styles. Paida Dube examines...

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