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Returning to Work After A Brain Injury: How to Support Your Employee

Returning to Work After A Brain Injury: How to Support Your Employee

If your employee is returning to work after a brain injury, it can be hard knowing what level of support you should be providing them with. All sorts of issues around accessibility, adapting their work environment and managing their workload may be on your mind. So how can you ensure their transition back into the workplace works for you and them? For employers, it’s not always clear what difficulties your staff member will have when returning to work. The type and severity of a brain injury can vary greatly and impact different areas of their working life: from social skills to their behaviour and relationships with other colleagues. Or it could affect how your employee concentrates, learns and processes or remembers things. Either way, it’s important to take the time to understand their ... »

Carers’ Rights Ruling leaves firms exposed to Discrimination Claims

A landmark EU court ruling which backed a UK employee’s right to take time off work to look after her disabled son could leave employers exposed to a rush of discrimination claims, legal experts have warned. The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg agreed that Sharon Coleman suffered ‘discrimination by association’ when she was forced to resign from her job after being denied flexible working arrangements to look after her disabled child. Crucially, judges ruled that an EU Directive which outlaws discrimination at work on grounds of disability, is not limited to disabled people themselves but also extends to those caring for them. According to employment law firm Croner Consulting, the ruling could open the doors for a rush of similar associative discrimination claims ... »

Disabled Entrepreneurs Offered Chance to Win £50k Award

Entrepreneurs who have achieved business success despite having a disability could win £50,000 worth of investment, following the launch of an annual competition sponsored by Easygroup founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou. The Stelios Disabled Entrepreneur Award, organised by charity Leonard Cheshire Disability, is open to anyone who has a recognised disability, owns at least 25 per cent of their business, has been trading for between two and five years, and has an annual turnover of more than £10,000. Entrants need to be able to demonstrate how the prize money would make a significant difference to their business. For example, the cash prize might enable the winner to buy new equipment that would double the firm’s production capacity, or fund new recruits so the business could expand ... »

Recruiting and employing disabled staff

Introduction to Recruiting and employing disabled staff Disabled people have abilities, skills and experience that your business can benefit from. If you make a few adjustments in your policies and at your premises, and add flexibility to work arrangements, you could potentially open up jobs to many more recruits – often at little or no cost. A disabled person is someone with a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse affect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. This covers a wide range of impairments of varying type and severity, from the obvious – such as severe mobility restrictions requiring wheelchair use – to less obvious ‘invisible’ impairments like diabetes. The aim of this business guide is to he... »