Does HR need to change recruitment processes following EAT ruling on disability discrimination?
May04

Does HR need to change recruitment processes following EAT ruling on disability discrimination?

An Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that a woman with Asperger’s syndrome was discriminated against during the notoriously competitive recruitment process for the Government Legal Service (GLS). Terri Brookes, who represented herself, was asked to take a situational judgement test as part of the first stage of her application. She had requested to be allowed to submit short written answers to the questions as the...

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Why reasonable adjustments for disabled workers usually benefit your whole workforce
Apr13

Why reasonable adjustments for disabled workers usually benefit your whole workforce

When kitting out an office to suit all physical needs, there is the assumption that this will involve purchasing ‘specialist’ equipment, which is not only expensive, it is often not in-keeping with the overall office décor. For this reason, many office managers tend to bury their heads in the sand, adhering only to the strictest disability requirement laws, such as disabled toilets, designated parking and adaptable access. As a...

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Making reasonable adjustments for employees with mental health problems
Apr06

Making reasonable adjustments for employees with mental health problems

Guest blog by Emma Mamo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing at Mind Workplace wellbeing is increasingly at the top of employers’ agendas, and rightly so. After all, we all have mental health just as we all have physical health, and it fluctuates from good to poor. Employers have a responsibility to promote workplace wellbeing and help prevent poor mental health, and it’s in their interests to take workplace wellbeing seriously, as those that...

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Flexibility in absence management with the Bradford Factor
Apr04

Flexibility in absence management with the Bradford Factor

While most HR Managers understand the purpose of the Bradford Factor scale, many employees don’t.   Employees often think that there are ‘hard and fast’ Bradford Factor rules that apply to every company, and they often ask whether or not the Bradford Factor is legal, and what the ‘legal rules’ are surrounding its use.  One of the most common searches on Google is ‘Bradford Factor rules’....

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Autism awareness week: ‘Disability’ delivers first class ability for Northampton employer
Mar31

Autism awareness week: ‘Disability’ delivers first class ability for Northampton employer

Often we are trained to view workers with a disability as ‘disadvantaged in the workforce’, however workers with autism would prefer to be seen as ‘differently abled’. This has certainly proved to be the case for 45 year old Simon Hamilton, whose acute observation skills and attention to detail have proved to be a winning formula and helped to underpin a complete career change. Having held a variety of jobs in...

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Editors blog: Exceptional candidates and where to find them
Mar21

Editors blog: Exceptional candidates and where to find them

I’ve worked in a number of different careers over the years, and I’ve been fortunate to encounter a lot of great people whom I’ve had the pleasure of both employing and working with, some abled, some differently abled. One person I encountered along the way illustrates to me more than ever why broadening the talent pool is so vital for employers – because the label of a health condition or a syndrome does not...

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As one in 5 workers have reasonable adjustment requests turned down, exactly how diverse are UK employers?
Mar20

As one in 5 workers have reasonable adjustment requests turned down, exactly how diverse are UK employers?

Guest blog by Kate Headley, the Clear Company It’s positive to see that disability confidence has become increasingly important to organisations of all shapes and sizes in recent years, and it’s also particularly encouraging that a greater number of employers now understand the importance of fostering inclusive recruitment practices.  However, recent research shows there is some way to go.   58% of disabled workers fear losing...

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Disability Works: How HR can break down workplace barriers with reasonable adjustments
Mar16

Disability Works: How HR can break down workplace barriers with reasonable adjustments

Guest blog by Katharine McIntosh, Policy Officer at the MS Society When Chris was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) five years ago, his first reaction was that he would lose his job – but when he told his employers, they reassured him straight away that he would have a role with them for life. Unfortunately, positive responses like this aren’t as common as we’d like to see. A recent survey carried out by the MS Society...

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Disabled welsh individuals and their carers set to lose vital support
Mar10

Disabled welsh individuals and their carers set to lose vital support

A project created to support people with work limiting health conditions and their carers, many of whom juggle their caring responsibilities with employment, is set to lose funding. The Disability Advice Project (DAP) targeting indviduals living in the Bridgend, Neath and Port Talbot areas provides free life coaching which empowers people to gain confidence, achieve personal goals and improve their lives, as well as move towards...

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DWP: Free employer toolkit set to boost disadvantaged groups in work
Feb23

DWP: Free employer toolkit set to boost disadvantaged groups in work

Businesses encouraged to hire more workers from disadvantaged groups, including single parents, homeless people and care leavers New toolkit offers practical advice for employers to attract and support a wider pool of talent Approach developed in partnership with industry leaders, including Sir Richard Branson and Deborah Meaden A first-of-its-kind employer toolkit designed to help businesses recruit and retain more single parents and...

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If we strive to be truly diverse employers, why are we still so afraid of disabled employees?
Feb15

If we strive to be truly diverse employers, why are we still so afraid of disabled employees?

Guest blog by Michelle Chance, Partner and Head of the London Employment Practice at national law firm Bond Dickinson LLP Government Consultation on Work, Health and Disability Green Paper I was delighted to participate in the Government’s Consultation on its Green Paper on Work, Health and Disability recently. A number of important action points for employers came out of our discussion, but, in my view, the Government needs to...

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Discrimination: Employers still refusing to make reasonable adjustments, says Citizens Advice Cymru
Feb14

Discrimination: Employers still refusing to make reasonable adjustments, says Citizens Advice Cymru

Citizens Advice Cymru has released information which they say shows many people with disabilities are being prevented from working because employers are unwilling to make reasonable adjustments. In an interview with the BBC, policy officer Lindsey Kearton said lack of workplace support could have a ‘huge impact’ on the mental and physical health of those affected. Emma O’Leary is an employment law consultant for the ELAS Group. She...

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Coutts Bank Invests in Disability Awareness Training with Enable Me
Feb07

Coutts Bank Invests in Disability Awareness Training with Enable Me

Enable Me, the charity dedicated to raising disability awareness, has recently provided training for Coutts – the UK’s private bank and wealth management organisation. Enable Me visited the bank’s central offices on The Strand, London to deliver its training to a group of employees from a range of departments, from senior level employees to graduate staff. The training focused on various themes, with Executive Chairman, Chris...

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Mind your flipping language!  The words HR should ban from the workplace
Jan05

Mind your flipping language! The words HR should ban from the workplace

HR News Editor, Lisa Baker discusses acceptable workplace language and how, despite HR ‘talking the talk’, there is still a long way to go. Traditionally, New Year brings with it a spate of resolutions and personal goals to better ourselves, ranging from visiting the gym more often through to learning a new language (and yes, I’m on a new year diet like many of my colleagues at the Activ Absence office!) We’re...

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New report sets out ways to reduce the disability employment gap
Dec01

New report sets out ways to reduce the disability employment gap

A new report published today calls for more practical solutions to close the disability employment gap. Closing the disability and employment gap is published by VODG (the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group), and outlines successful employment and training schemes delivered by specialist disability organisations. It includes recommendations for government, employers and care providers to boost employment for working-age disabled...

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