Un­der­stand­ing work-place law on dis­abil­i­ties

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SPE­CIAL­IST so­lic­i­tor Philip Lan­dau stresses how im­por­tant it is that bosses un­der­stand leg­is­la­tion when it comes to dis­abil­i­ties.

He said: “With em­ploy­ment law, an in­di­vid­ual has a dis­abil­ity if they have a phys­i­cal or men­tal im­pair­ment which has a sub­stan­tial ad­verse long-term ef­fect on their day-to-day ac­tiv­i­ties.

“Dis­abil­ity dis­crim­i­na­tion is where an in­di­vid­ual is treated more un­favourably be­cause of their dis­abil­ity, as com­pared with some­one who does not have a dis­abil­ity.

“The Equal­ity Act puts a duty on em­ploy­ers to make rea­son­able ad­just­ments in the work­place to help in­di­vid­u­als over­come dis­ad­van­tage re­sult­ing from im­pair­ment. A fail­ure to do so also can amount to dis­abil­ity dis­crim­i­na­tion.”

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