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Ensuring equality in the workplace for those who are deaf or have some form of hearing loss

According to figures from Action on Hearing Loss (formerly the Royal National Institute for the Deaf), one in six people in the UK suffer from some form of hearing loss of which approximately one third are below retirement age – and … Continue reading

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Protecting sufferers of ME and other long-term conditions against discrimination

It was ME Awareness Day on 12 May. ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis) is a condition that is shrouded in lack of understanding to a great degree. To begin with, there is some dispute as to the correct name to give the … Continue reading

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Health questions during the recruitment process – what the Equality Act 2010 has to say

Research published in the journal Occupational Health [at Work] has revealed that the Equality Act 2010 has had a significant impact on the practice of asking pre-employment health questions during the recruitment process. Section 60 of the Equality Act 2010 … Continue reading

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Sickness absence: the health of the nation

In the current environment of job insecurity, increased pressure at work and the subsequent increases in stress and stress related issues, occupational health services are more indispensable than ever. Occupational health is a term we’ve all heard and one that … Continue reading

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Pre employment screening

The results have recently been published of research carried out on behalf of the Equality and Human Rights Commission into recruitment practices in relation to collecting information on applicants’ health prior to a job offer being made. Under Section 60 … Continue reading

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Volunteers – protected against discrimination under the Equality Act?

The Equality Act 2010 (Equality Act) aims to protect the rights of individuals and advance equality of opportunity for all (see our blog from September 2012 for more information on the Equality Act). However, there is often some doubt as … Continue reading

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Changes to Access to Work – making it easier for people with disabilities to work

Access to Work is a specialist disability programme delivered by Jobcentre Plus, which provides practical advice and support to help disabled people and their employers overcome work-related obstacles resulting from their disability. The Access to Work programme is intended to provide … Continue reading

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Help for employers dealing with cancer at work

There are 700,000 people of working age living with cancer in the UK and half a million carers juggling a job with looking after someone with cancer. This means that even the smallest business is likely to be affected by … Continue reading

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Employer’s Charter – what are employers entitled to do?

For employment law to be effective there needs to be a balance between protecting employees and enabling businesses to operate effectively in order to support economic growth. Advice and guidance on employment law often focuses on the rights of employees … Continue reading

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Handling sickness absence

A number of thoughts might go through an employer’s mind on hearing that a key member of staff is off work sick: What is the reason for the employee’s absence and how long is the person likely to be off … Continue reading

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