Blog: Disability – back to basics (part 1)

Almost every week I find myself advising employers on all sorts of aspects of discrimination law. Common scenarios include an employee, very early in their probation period, taking substantial leave from work with possible mental health issue.  Another is ‘what does a reasonable adjustment look like?’ in this or that situation.  In my experience, the…
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Blog: Stretching reasonable adjustments too far?

Anne-Marie Boyle, Specialist Employment Lawyer at Menzies Law
The duty on an employer to make reasonable adjustments for a disabled employee is a familiar one to HR advisors.  But it is an area of discrimination law where the boundaries get stretched further and further, year after year. In recent years we have seen Employment Tribunals take the view that certain steps are required…
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April 2013 case update

Disability Discrimination – cause and effect of obesity Summary: In considering whether a person is disabled, should the focus be upon the cause of the person’s symptoms (such as obesity) or upon their effect? It is the latter, says the EAT in the case of Walker v Sita Information Networking Computing Ltd, which is available…
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