Latest estimates show there are more than 107,000 people living with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in the UK, mostly of working age, of whom a quarter are unaware of their status. HIV weakens the body’s immune system and if untreated can progress to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). The Equality Act 2010 deems all people with HIV to be disabled. Although most who live with HIV in the UK have normal life expectancy and lead fulfilling working lives, a large number of people are ignorant of the facts. This means people living with HIV can face prejudice and discrimination in the workplace. The TUC guide ‘Tackling HIV discrimination at work’ provides some basic facts to help deal with issues that might arise, including what employers should be doing in terms of a policy on HIV and having health and safety procedures in place that minimise the risk of accidental exposure.
The aim is to provide summary information and comment on the subject areas covered. In particular, where employment tribunal and appellate court cases are reported, the information does not set out full details of all the facts, the legal arguments presented by the parties and the judgments made in every aspect of the case. Click on the links provided to access full details. If no link is provided contact us for further information. Employment law is subject to constant change either by statute or by interpretation by the courts. While every care has been taken in compiling this information, SM&B cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions. Specialist legal advice must be taken on any legal issues that may arise before embarking upon any formal course of action.