Guidance – employing disabled people

Posted on April 29th, 2024

The Department for Work & Pensions has published a new guide to help managers better support disabled people.

The guidance aims to help managers to be confident about managing and supporting employees with a disability or health condition, from recruitment and induction through training, development, progression and retention. The guide covers the law relating to disability and how managers can identify appropriate workplace changes or adjustments to support disabled employees.

Employers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled employees and these can be a key factor in helping a disabled employee remain in work. Examples include a more flexible working approach, additional training, or physical changes such as specialist equipment.

Included within the guidance is a link to Scope’s End the Awkward initiative which provides practical tips on what to do and what not to do in a variety of situations.

The guide also provides advice on specific conditions such a long COVID, mental health and Neurodiversity.

A link to the guide entitled ‘Recruiting, managing and developing disabled people: a practical guide for managers’ can be found here.

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