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Employers risk breaching Equality Act over cannabis patients

Entitled ‘The Use of Prescription Cannabis at Work’, the report calls on employers to treat prescription cannabis patients like any other medical patients, and to have regard to their legal obligations under the Equality Act 2010 and the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Contributor: Cannabis Industry Council | Published: 15 September 2023

New Ceo Katy Talikowska to lead the Valuable 500

The Valuable 500 announced the appointment of Katy Talikowska as its new CEO. With an impressive track record leading on inclusion in the advertising industry, Katy is set to strengthen and amplify the global movement for disability inclusion. Katy succeeds Joanne Pritchard, former CEO of the Valuable 500, to lead the organisation into an ambitious strategic phase until the end of 2025.

Contributor: Isabella Perez - Contributor | Published: 4 August 2023

Workplaces are still not inclusive

Business Disability Forum (BDF) has published one of the most comprehensive pieces of research ever conducted into the workplace experiences of disabled people and people with long term conditions in the UK today (20 June). The Great Big Workplace Adjustments Survey 2023 looks at the experiences of nearly 1,500 disabled employees and 400 managers.

Contributor: Diane Lightfoot - Business Disability Forum (BDF) | Published: 25 June 2023

What to do is a new employee discloses a disability which impacts their role

Picture this: You’ve finally filled a vacancy and are excited to be welcoming the successful candidate to your team. But on their first day, they say that they need to take every Monday off for the foreseeable future for medical appointments. Not only that, they need to work two days a week from home.

Contributor: Andrew Willis, Head of Legal - Croner | Published: 7 June 2023

Not every disability is visible

n the UK alone, 1 in 5 people has a disability, with 80% of those having an invisible disability[i]. These could include autism spectrum disorder, depression, diabetes, and learning and thinking differences such as ADHD and dyslexia[ii].  Understanding that employees could be disabled with an invisible disability and taking steps to make the workplace more inclusive is essential for developing a diverse and inclusive workforce. A recent report from Bupa is drawing attention to this issue after finding that two in five (43%) employees with a less visible disability haven’t disclosed it to their employer.

Contributor: Adrian Lewis, Director - Activ People HR | Published: 15 February 2023

Government’s new employee disability service “short-sighted”

In response to the government’s 2019 consultation, ‘Health is everyone’s business’, in which employers asked for joined-up advice on supporting health in the workplace, the government has launched a test version of its Support with Employee Health and Disability Service and is inviting feedback until 30 December 2022.

Contributor: Katharine Moxham, spokesperson, GRiD | Published: 15 December 2022

Employees avoid telling employers about less visible disabilities

Nearly a quarter of those with invisible or less visible disabilities haven’t told their employer about their condition due to worries that they wouldn’t be believed, while one in five expressed concerns that their disability might impact their career opportunities.

Contributor: Rachel Murray, Head of Employee Health and Wellbeing at Bupa Global & UK | Published: 9 December 2022

Businesses urged to remove disability employment barriers

To encourage businesses to improve and diversify their hiring practices, PageGroup has brought together key charities, social enterprises and changemakers in this space to launch a set of free resources designed to foster accessibility in recruitment across all industries, specifically for people with visual impairments, learning disabilities, and the neurodiverse.

Contributor: Steve Ingham, CEO - PageGroup | Published: 19 July 2022