Helping disabled people understand their rights at work

In a joint initiative with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Acas has launched a new advice hub to help disabled people understand their rights at work.

It is being promoted as part of the Government’s new National Disability Strategy.  According to the DWP, this will see disabled people benefiting from plans to upgrade job support and opportunities, housing and transport. There are also plans to consult on disability workforce reporting for businesses with more than 250 staff.

The Acas initiative explains how the law protects disabled people from discrimination at work and sets out the basic rights to which they are entitled. It emphasises that disabled people have at least the same rights to fairness and opportunity at work as other employees, workers and job applicants and that they are protected from unlawful discrimination by the Equality Act 2010.

Acas Chief Executive, Susan Clews, said: “It is also a great resource for employers to help them create diverse, inclusive workplaces that are welcoming to disabled people and promotes equal opportunities for all employees.”

Advice on the hub includes tips on how to prevent disability discrimination, how to make reasonable adjustments and how employees can raise complaints about disability discrimination at work.

It also includes sections on supporting mental health at work and on employing people at high risk from Covid-19.

This initiative may highlight certain issues that disabled workers face in the workplace and could potentially leave employers vulnerable to costly disability discrimination claims. Employers are therefore advised to have better consideration for their disabled workers. This may take the form of seeking advice on their obligation towards these members of staff and/or updating or implementing policies on this topic. It could also mean reviewing workplace practices and seeing if reasonable adjustments can be made for disabled workers. 

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