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Disability in the Workplace

Published December 11, 2018 Author: Andrew Felix Rose

Under the Human Rights Act 1993 it is against the law to discriminate against a potential job candidate or current employee who is disabled.

Only under strict circumstances can an employer refuse to hire a disabled employee. This is typically if the employee cannot perform the requirements of the job or they pose a health and safety risk to themselves or other employees.

When hiring a disabled employee the employer may need to make adjustments around the workplace so it is safe and accessible for the new worker. Making reasonable accommodations does not have to be expensive or time-consuming if the employer is flexible and open to getting advice from experts.

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