Employers 'still ignoring' disability discrimination

05-11-2007

Employers 'still ignoring' disability discrimination
Many employers could be leaving themselves open to prosecution by not following the guidance set out by the Disability Discrimination Act, according to an expert in the industry.

Comments from Susan Scott-Parker, chief executive of the Employers' Forum on Disability, warn that 90 per cent of employers are not following regulations correctly.

"Employers are still not doing enough to ensure reasonable adjustments for their disabled staff," she remarks.

This statement follows the Employers' Forum Disability Standard 2007 survey, which found only eight per cent of UK businesses have an effective reasonable adjustment policy in place.

She adds: "Most adjustments cost little or nothing at all to make."

Director of diversity consultants Minty & Friend Simon Minty comments that such changes are essential to the workplace.

He states that adjustments to working practices "will enable all disabled people to work as effectively as their colleagues".

These findings follow recent calls from The Recruitment and Employment Confederation recommending employers make their workplace more flexible to meet the needs of lone parents re-entering the world of work.

Related categories: HR / Recruitment.


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