Disabled workers

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    Cancer in the workplace: are you ready for the tsunami?

    With the number of people diagnosed and living with cancer in the UK expected to rise, it’s vital that managers know how to support affected colleagues to remain in and return to work during and after treatment.

    By Barbara Wilson, Working With Cancer on 25 March 2024

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    Disability – inclusion starts with a conversation

    Creating truly inclusive workplaces where disabled people can thrive brings many benefits for a business – and it all stems from supportive and sensitive conversations during the recruitment and workplace adjustment process.

    By Lucy Hendley, Lewis Silkin LLP on 25 March 2024

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    Government-backed report sets out recommendations to boost autism employment rate

    Signing up for an employers’ neurodiversity index, developing training packages targeted at autistic workers and producing “autism design guides” are among 19 recommendations put forward in a new UK government-backed review on autism in the workplace.

    By Kerry Reals on 28 February 2024

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    Why it’s vital to take care of your hearing

    Unmanaged hearing loss can have a significant impact on our health and wellbeing, so employers should educate employees about how best to protect their hearing and encourage everyone to check it regularly.

    By Teri Devine, RNID on 29 February 2024

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    Employing people with epilepsy: nothing to fear

    Although businesses may be fearful about employing someone with epilepsy due to concerns about safety risks if they experience a seizure, the risks can often be managed through approaches like adjustments to working patterns and ensuring colleagues know what to do if a worker has a seizure.

    By Grace Wood, Epilepsy Action on 29 February 2024

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    New Workers’ Rights Acts to come into force in 2024

    2024 will see a number of new Workers’ Rights Acts rolled out, chiefly flexible working arrangements, carers’ leave and a new duty on employers to prevent sexual harassment.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 04 January 2024

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    Disability workforce reporting: a starting point for creating inclusive work cultures

    Gathering meaningful data and insights on disability and the experiences of employees with disabilities can kick-start insightful conversations with staff on the best ways of making the workplace and the organisation more inclusive for disabled workers.

    By Diane Lightfoot, CEO, Business Disability Forum on 01 December 2023

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    Workplace adjustments for disabled employees: time to move from ‘why’ to ‘why not’

    Workplace adjustments or accommodations are pivotal in enabling disabled employees to thrive. That’s the message we hear consistently from our 550+ members and partners and that’s why workplace adjustments are one of the 10 pillars of Business Disability Forum’s Disability Smart framework.

    By Diane Lightfoot, Business Disability Forum on 01 December 2023

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    Disability at work: time for action

    A diverse workforce offers greater creativity, innovation and productivity, making it more important than ever for employers to take positive action to recruit, retain and support disabled workers.

    By Diane Lightfoot on 24 May 2022

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    Disability awareness: a positive from the pandemic?

    For some people with disabilities, there have been some positives from the Covid-19 pandemic.

    By Vivienne Reeve on 21 February 2022