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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The workplaces that are shattering myths and promoting inclusivity
Nov28

The workplaces that are shattering myths and promoting inclusivity

DS Workfit has seen more employers join the Workfit scheme, ensuring that more adults with Downs Syndrome are securing meaningful employment and training, challenging myths and misperceptions and generally improving the employment odds for adults with DS. Welsh politician Sara Pickard has achieved more than most despite having DS.   She is a community councillor in her village, Pentyrch, and works for Llanishen-based charity Mencap...

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MS Society backs MPs call for action on disability employment
Nov24

MS Society backs MPs call for action on disability employment

The MS Society has welcomed a cross-party group of MPs and Peers calls for more to be done to address employment support for people with multiple sclerosis (MS). This follows the Government’s unveiling of a consultation document on work, health and disability. The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for MS has concluded its year-long review into whether people with MS have the support they need to stay in, or get back into, work. The...

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One in three businesses fails to support dementia sufferers at work
Nov18

One in three businesses fails to support dementia sufferers at work

One in three British workers (33 per cent)  say their employer fails to offer any additional help or support for dementia sufferers. In a study commissioned by PMI Health Group, part of Willis Towers Watson’s health and benefits team, seven per cent of employees said they either have, or work alongside someone who suffers from, dementia. More than half (54 per cent) of these workers, however, said they received no education or...

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How employers can support arthritis sufferers to stay in work
Nov17

How employers can support arthritis sufferers to stay in work

  Following the Health and Safety Executive’s finding that nine million working days are lost every year as a result of arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions that have been caused or made worse by work, Judi Rhys, CEO at Arthritis Care, shares her thoughts on how organisations can better support and retain employees with arthritis. Arthritis is often overlooked as a condition; however, it affects one in five adults in...

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Remploy leads on Disability Confidence
Nov15

Remploy leads on Disability Confidence

Remploy, the UK’s leading provider of specialist disability employment services, is one of only 13 companies in the UK to have been awarded ‘Leader’ status by the nationally renowned Disability Confident scheme operated by the Department for  Work and Pensions. The accolade, which is the highest award, recognises an employer dedicated to supporting people with disabilities or health conditions in the workplace, as well as helping...

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Guidant Group receives first ever Level 3 ‘Disability Confident Leader Status’ award
Nov10

Guidant Group receives first ever Level 3 ‘Disability Confident Leader Status’ award

Guidant Group, the international managed services and recruitment process outsource specialist, has become the first ever recruitment organisation to be awarded a Level Three Disability Confident Leader status by the Department for Work & Pensions. (DWP) – the highest accolade achievable in the new Disability Confident scheme which now has three levels and replaces the two ticks accreditation. The award recognises the fact that...

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Employers still failing to make reasonable adjustments in the hiring process
Nov10

Employers still failing to make reasonable adjustments in the hiring process

The latest statistics on autistic adults in employment demonstrates that more still needs to be done to allow for reasonable adjustments in the hiring process, according to diversity consultancy, The Clear Company. In response to a survey carried out by the National Autistic Society, which found that only 16 per cent of autistic adults are in full-time paid work, the diversity specialists have called on organisations to be more...

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Whiteghyll Plastics uses DS Workfit scheme to boost inclusive employment
Nov09

Whiteghyll Plastics uses DS Workfit scheme to boost inclusive employment

One of the biggest struggles adults who have Down’s Syndrome face is in finding employment.  Research from the charity Mencap suggests 65% of people with learning disabilities – including, though not limited to, Down’s syndrome – want to work, but fewer than 20% of those of working age are currently in employment. However, the Workfit programme, an employment programme run by the charity the Down’s...

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Disability still seen as a barrier to career progression
Sep29

Disability still seen as a barrier to career progression

More than a third (37 per cent) of UK workers believe disability is still a barrier to career progression, despite anti-discrimination legislation. In a study commissioned by PMI Health Group, part of Willis Towers Watson, nearly one in five (17 per cent) 1 also claimed employers fail to make adequate provisions to accommodate their, or their colleagues’, disabilities. “Companies have a legal duty to make reasonable adjustments, where...

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RedArc calls on employers to improve support for carers
Sep28

RedArc calls on employers to improve support for carers

  RedArc has identified a key group that is at risk of being unnoticed by HR and also forgotten by traditional employer healthcare and protection policies. Typically, those that will make use of policies such as Group Risk and private medical insurance (PMI) will be the person diagnosed with a primary health condition. While such support may be crucial to this group, those around them often also need help and support.  The needs...

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RIDI Awards – Deadline Extended
Sep22

RIDI Awards – Deadline Extended

Following requests from interested parties, the official deadline for entry into this year’s Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative (RIDI) Awards has been extended until Friday 23rd September 2016. Now in their third year, the awards celebrate the success of organisations which are taking steps to improve the inclusion of disabled talent. Employers and recruiters now have a week to share their stories to help inspire others to...

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