29 February 2012 #Employment
Today is Rare Disease Day 2012, an annual, international event raising awareness about rare diseases and their impact on patients’ lives. According to the official website "One rare disease may affect only a handful of patients in the EU (European Union), and another touch as many as 245,000. In the EU, as many as 30 million people alone may be affected by one of the 6000 to 8000 rare diseases existing."
These rare diseases may impact on an employee`s everyday life and such disabilities would be covered under the Equality Act 2010.
The Equality Act 2010 defines a disability as:
An employer is only under a duty to make reasonable adjustments where he knows, or could reasonably be expected to know, that a person has a disability and is likely to be placed at a substantial disadvantage. Employers should therefore take reasonable steps and have systems in place to ascertain whether applicants and employees are disabled, and whether they are at a substantial disadvantage.
Buddy has Disability Discrimination Guidance Notes available for its full members.