costs of reasonable (or not?) adjustments under the spotlight as deaf applicant loses discrimination case on appeal

The vexed question of what constitutes a ‘reasonable adjustment’ and whether cost can be a factor in the equation has long been a problem for employers when dealing with disabled employees and job applicants. The Equality Act 2010 largely replicates the provisions concerning ‘reasonable adjustments’ which were previously contained in the Disability Discrimination Act 1995…

newsletter Equality Act 2010 – disability discrimination

As noted in a previous newsletter blog post the substance of previous law making it unlawful to discriminate against a person in the employment field because of disability remains generally unchanged by the Equality Act 2010. However various detailed changes are probably more significant if the “protected characteristic” is disability than if it is one…

pre-employment health enquiries – good or bad idea?

Many employers require pre-employment health checks for prospective employees, often by requiring a successful candidate to complete a questionnaire. However, what happens if an employer decides to withdraw an offer of employment based on the information provided? Once again, our friend the Equality Bill comes into play following an amendment to the Bill in the…