Disability discrimination

Disabled people are protected in the workplace against direct and indirect disability discrimination, harassment and victimisation because of their disability. Disability discrimination legislation covers disabled employees, but also disabled job applicants in the recruitment process.

Under the Equality Act 2010, an employer has an active duty to make reasonable adjustments for a disabled person where its policies or practices, or physical feature of its premises, put a disabled employee at a substantial disadvantage in comparison with a non-disabled person.

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

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

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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Salesman loses racial discrimination claim following “fat pikey” comment

11 Jan 2018

A technology salesman who said he was called a “fat ginger pikey” and “Gimli” by his managers has lost a...

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EAT rules that perceiving condition as a disability is discriminatory

4 Jan 2018

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that it can be considered direct disability discrimination to reject a job application...

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From workers’ rights to dress codes: What does 2018 have in store?

28 Dec 2017

Brexit may mean a degree of uncertainty in employment law, but what is the direction of travel in 2018? Beverley...

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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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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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HR horrors: How to flee four frightening scenarios

31 Oct 2017

Halloween is upon us, but what are the most common HR horrors and how should employers deal with them? Alexandra...

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Gender pay gaps and parental leave

Pay gaps need to tackle ethnicity and disability as well as gender, urges EHRC

15 Aug 2017

All jobs should be advertised as available for flexible working and fathers should receive ‘use it or lose it’ parental...

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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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The law and mental health in the workplace

5 Jul 2017

Employers must get to grips with mental health in the workplace with politicians focusing on the issue and recent case...

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Managing workers with terminal illness: a guide

4 Jul 2017

With growing numbers of employees set to work into older age, managing those with terminal illness will be a priority...

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Tory manifesto: National retraining, NI holidays and more gap reporting

18 May 2017

Theresa May launched the Conservative Party’s 2017 election manifesto today, and for HR and employers there are no big surprises....

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Social media misconduct: dismissal harsh but fair

17 May 2017

An employment tribunal has held that the dismissal of a long-serving employee over derogatory comments she made on Facebook about...

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How would scrapping the 12-month mental health requirement affect employers?

15 May 2017

Proposed changes by the Conservatives could see people with shorter-term mental health issues protected by disability discrimination laws. Yvonne Gallagher...

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