Lack of deaf awareness is holding millions back at work
May18

Lack of deaf awareness is holding millions back at work

A lack of deaf awareness amongst employers and society at large is holding people with hearing loss back by creating unnecessary barriers and is costing the UK economy £24.8billion. During Deaf Awareness Week (15-21 May) the UK national charity Action on Hearing Loss highlights simple and cost effective ways of making work environments more hearing loss friendly. Despite the fact that employers are legally obliged to make any...

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Average HR professional ‘now looking after 15 employees with a mental health condition’
May18

Average HR professional ‘now looking after 15 employees with a mental health condition’

New analysis from HR and diversity consultancy, the Clear Company, has revealed that HR professionals will, on average, oversee 15 staff with mental health conditions each year. Furthermore, the UK Workplace Wellbeing Survey identified mental health in the workplace as the second biggest challenge facing employers in the next five years, with respondents stating that 26% of workplace absences were down to psychological conditions....

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New Work Skills Centre & Specialist Facilities set to Transform Lives in Wales and the borders
May18

New Work Skills Centre & Specialist Facilities set to Transform Lives in Wales and the borders

A new specialist service dedicated to supporting children and young people with complex needs associated with autism has been opened by Orbis Education and Care to support families in Powys. Orbis, one of the UK’s leading providers of education and care for children and young people with an autism spectrum condition (ASC) recently opened its doors at Summergil House; a high-spec facility fully equipped with classrooms, shared lounge...

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‘Not just a job, he’s got a career!’ says Mum as son with DS lands sought after science career
May18

‘Not just a job, he’s got a career!’ says Mum as son with DS lands sought after science career

As talent shortages persist, employers cannot afford to ‘write off’ any group of potential workers, yet it is significantly harder for adults with learning disabilities to obtain work than almost any other client group. Individuals with Down’s syndrome battle misperceptions about their capabilities and often can’t even get an interview. The Down’s Syndrome Association’s ‘Workfit’ team are doing an amazing job of...

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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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