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.


Boots failed to provide equipment for employee with hearing impairment

An ex-Boots employee with a severe hearing impairment has won his case at an employment tribunal after the company failed...

Disabled staff work the ‘next two months for free’

4 Nov 2019

The size of the disability pay gap means the average disabled employee effectively works for free for the last two...

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Around 300,000 leave work because of mental health, minister claims

17 Oct 2019

An estimated 300,000 people with mental health conditions fall out of work every year, the minister for disabled people has...

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Jobseekers advised to avoid words such as ‘depression’

9 Oct 2019

Jobcentre Plus employees have been advised to tell people looking for work to hide mental health issues with terms such...

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Top 10 HR questions September 2019: The effect of a leap year on pay

1 Oct 2019

There will be an extra working day in 2020 for many employees, so does the leap year mean extra pay?...

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Personnel Today Awards 2019 shortlist: Diversity and Inclusion (Public Sector)

26 Sep 2019

The 2019 Personnel Today Awards take place on the 19 November. In the latest in our series of articles profiling...

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Mind the ‘double discrimination’ disability gap

6 Sep 2019

Employers need to be mindful not just of the “disability gap” when it comes to employment but “double discrimination” around...

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Financial Conduct Authority discriminated against worker with kidney disease

23 Aug 2019

Tribunal finds poor appraisal score was discriminatory.

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Diabetic bank manager discriminated against after locking customer in branch

13 Aug 2019

An employment tribunal found the bank liable for disability discrimination.

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Employment law changes: 10 proposals in the pipeline for HR

2 Aug 2019

Amid all the political turmoil in July, employers will be forgiven for missing a flurry of proposed new employment laws...

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Disability benefit extended after Supreme Court ruling on mental health

22 Jul 2019

A landmark Supreme Court judgment could mean that people who find social situations debilitating will now be eligible to claim...

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Theresa May announces new Office for Tackling Injustices (OfTI)

12 Jul 2019

Outgoing prime minister Theresa May has announced a new independent body responsible for challenging social injustices and creating a fairer...

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Statutory Sick Pay reforms part of disabled workers’ support plans

26 Jun 2019

Statutory Sick Pay will be reformed under new measures to better support people with disabilities and long-term health conditions.
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Police officer’s ‘perceived disability’ was discriminatory

24 Jun 2019

A police officer in Wiltshire Constabulary suffered from a degree of hearing loss but this did not affect her ability to do her job, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

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Medicinal cannabis: what HR needs to know

24 Jun 2019

Although the prescription of medicinal cannabis products is not yet widespread in the UK, employers need to be aware of the legal framework concerning its use

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