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Recent changes to the law on the dismissal of severely disabled employees

In Germany, as of 1 January 2017, various amendments to the law on severely disabled persons came into force. Of particular importance is a new regulation relating to the dismissal of severely disabled employees. Until the recent changes came into force, before the dismissal of a severely disabled employee the representative body for severely disabled … Continue reading

Minnesota addresses architectural barriers to public places: 2016 amendments to its Human Rights Act

Introduction Minnesota businesses may soon see differences in disability access claims. On May 22, 2016, Minnesota’s Governor Mark Dayton signed into law a new amendment to the Minnesota Human Rights Act (“MHRA”). The amendment governs what must occur before attorneys can bring suit under the MHRA challenging architectural barriers that limit accessibility to public spaces. … Continue reading

The precious help of the occupational health physician in dismissal for disability procedures

As a general principle, the occupational health physician is a major interlocutor of the employer regarding the employees’ health and safety. In particular, there exists a very specific procedure under which employees’ disability must be acknowledged by the occupational health physician in order to authorize an employer to begin a dismissal procedure. However, such opinion of … Continue reading

Disability – what protection from discrimination do disabled employees have in France?

As a preliminary comment, it should be observed that disabled employees who carry out their professional activity in a normal working environment are considered as full-fledged employees and thus benefit from the same rights as any employee. Moreover, and in any event, an employee is never obliged to disclose his/her disability situation to his/her employer. … Continue reading

Disability – what protection from discrimination do disabled employees have in Germany?

In Germany, discriminating against disabled employees is prohibited by the General Equal Treatment Act (Allgemeines Gleichbehandlungsgesetz). This law provides very comprehensive protection against discrimination of any kind. In addition, severely disabled employees have special rights and protection under the German Social Code (Sozialgesetzbuch IX). 1          General Equal Treatment Act As this law transposed a European … Continue reading

Disability – what protection from discrimination do disabled employees have in the UK?

Before the Disability Discrimination Act came into force in 1996, there was no specific protection from discrimination for disabled employees in the UK. The law on disability discrimination is now set out in the Equality Act 2010 (“the Act”) which provides for protection from discrimination in the workplace on the grounds of a number of … Continue reading

Are disabled employees under Venezuelan labour legislation protected from discrimination?

Yes, disabled employees are protected against discrimination in Venezuela pursuant to the Disable Person’s Law and the Organic Law on Prevention, Working Conditions, and the Work Environment. In fact, there is an express prohibition of discrimination by reason of incapacity. The purpose of the Disabled Persons’ Law is to establish the rules according to which disabled persons … Continue reading

Case Brief: On dismissal of a drug user with an unacknowledged dependency

In 2012, we referenced a case in which a complainant, terminated for breach of his employer’s drug and alcohol policy, failed to establish that the termination was discriminatory: 2012 AHRC 7. The policy at issue in the case distinguished between employees who had voluntarily disclosed addictions and those who were identified only after a breach … Continue reading

Discrimination Found Where Lay-Off Decision Did Not Consider Disability

In the recent decision Besner v Deputy Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development the Public Service Staffing Tribunal (the “Tribunal”) held it was discriminatory to lay-off a disabled employee after she was selected by the retention and lay-off process (“SERLO”). The complainant was an Administrative Co-ordinator with Human Resources and Skills Development Canada suffering … Continue reading

Is obesity a disability?

This post was contributed by Catrina Smith, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP (London) The Advocate General’s opinion in a recent European case has raised speculation that severe obesity could be considered a protected characteristic under the UK Equality Act 2010 and as such an employee could claim disability discrimination on the grounds of their obesity. … Continue reading
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