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Disability discrimination

Discrimination legislation protects the rights of disabled people in employment, education, access to good and services and in the buying and renting of land or property. On this page you can access a range of articles, books and online resources providing quick links to background information, legislation and guidance.

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  • Briefings
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Legal Alert

Legal Alert is a monthly checklist from Atom Content Marketing highlighting new and pending laws, regulations, codes of practice and rulings that could have an impact on your business.

Legal alert updates on case law

01-06-2015

A monthly checklist from Atom Content Marketing highlighting new and pending laws, regulations, codes of practice and rulings that could have an impact on your business.

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Briefings

Directors' Briefings and Start-Up Briefings are four-page guides written for the busy practitioner, director and entrepreneur providing concise, practical advice on core business issues.

Discrimination

01-10-2014

Discrimination against employees on any grounds other than their ability to do the job is a bad idea — and could also be illegal. If an employee or potential employee brings a discrimination case against your business, you could be tied up in costly and time-consuming legalities for months. If they win, you could be liable for unlimited damages.

Disclaimer: These publications from Atom Content Marketing are for general guidance only, for businesses in the United Kingdom governed by the laws of England. Atom Content Marketing, expert contributors and ICAEW (as distributor) disclaim all liability for any errors or omissions.

Online articles

The library provides access to a range of articles in full text from leading business, finance and management journals. Access to articles is provided to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

It's a thin line between obese and disabled

Employers should be aware that if severe obesity prevents an employee carrying out their job, it can be considered a disability.

Employers 'biased against the disabled'

Experts warn of rise in unconscious discrimination - and urge employers to act.

Employers must be mindful of their legal duties on disability

Disability is a protected characteristic under the Equality Act, and under Schedule 1 cancer is to be treated as a disability.

Out with the old...

Employers should make sure that they are aware of the revised laws concerning disability claims in the workplace.

Small Business Update

Small Business Update is a monthly magazine for SMEs with articles covering the latest regulatory developments, practical advice and hot topics.

A guide to UK disability law

01-05-2015

Employers need to know what amounts to a disability and what they have to do if they have a disabled employee or job applicant. Our quick guide will make sure you have covered all the bases.

Manage flexible working

01-07-2013

If you employ workers with children or with care responsibilities, you might receive requests for flexible working or be required to give those workers additional unpaid leave to enable them to fulfil their parental or caring responsibilities.

Dismissals

04-06-2013

A claim for unfair or wrongful dismissal, or unlawful discrimination, is worrying and time-consuming, and can be costly to your business. There is the morale of your staff to think about, and your reputation – with customers and suppliers – may be at stake.

Appeal to disabled customers

11-11-2010

Making your offer more accessible to customers with disabilities will not only keep your firm on the right side of the law, it also makes good business sense.

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Useful links

Legislation

Equality Act 2010
Full text of the Act as enacted and revised, with explanatory notes.

Employment Act 2008
Full text of the Act as enacted and revised, with explanatory notes.

Disability Discrimination Act 2005
Full text of the Act as enacted and revised, with explanatory notes.

This is not an exhaustive list of legislation relating to equality. The ICAEW Library holds numerous print publications on discrimination law and also subscribes to electronic databases with the complete text of UK legislation. For information on accessing these resources, please contact the Library.

Guidance

Equality Act 2010: Guidance
Information on the equalities legislation from the Government Equalities Office.

Guidance on matters to be taken into account in determining questions relating to the definition of disability
Publication setting out definitions of disability in terms of the Equality Act 2010, published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Recruitment and disabled people
Guide from Gov.uk aimed at employers, covering job specifications, applications and reasonable adjustments.

Disability rights
Guidance from Gov.uk looking at employment, education, the Equality Act 2010 and other issues for disabled people.

Disability (Acas)
Guidance and a range of practical resources on the Equality Act 2010 from Acas, the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service.

Disability (CIPD)
Good practice and guidance on disability discrimination including factsheets, survey reports, research, books and courses from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (EHRC)
Information on the content, coverage and effect of the Convention from the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Overview of International Legal Frameworks For Disability Legislation (UN)
Summary of international human rights instruments, including UN treaties and how they relate to domestic law.

Articles and books in the Library collection

To find out how you can borrow books from the Library please see our guide to book loans.

You can obtain copies of articles or extracts of books and reports by post, fax or email through our document supply service.

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