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Ill Health at Work and Disability

Ill Health at Work and Disability

This can include both physical and mental health. The law requires employer to take steps to support employees with health issues. We have experience in dealing with individuals with a number of conditions including but not limited to anxiety, depression, work-related stress, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Equality Act 2010 provides protection for individuals who meet the definition of disability. The Act defines a person with a disability as someone who has:

“A physical or mental impairment that has a 'substantial' and 'long-term' negative effect on their ability to do normal daily activities".

Disability discrimination may apply where an employer has failed to make reasonable adjustments including (but not limited to) the following circumstances:

  • Recruitment and selection
  • Pay
  • Training and Development
  • Discipline and grievances
  • Bullying and harassment
  • Working hours

If you are suffering with ill-health at work we can advise you on your rights under the Act and your options so that you can make an informed decision how to proceed, if you wish.

Which disability is most common?

Musculoskeletal problems are said to have lead to the greatest number of days off work in 2013, with mental health conditions such as stress, depression and anxiety being the second most common cause according to the Office for National Statistics: Sickness Absence in the Labour Market, February 2014. ONS. Newport. 2014.

If you would like a confidential chat to see how we can help you, please contact us.

 

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