Thursday, 2 December 2004

Definition of Disability

The Disability Discrimination Bill has been laid before the House of Lords.

Amongst other things of no interest to employment lawyers, it amends the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 to change the meaning of 'disability' as follows:

- abolishes the need for a mental impairment to be 'clinically well-recognised'

- deems cancer, HIV and multiple sclerosis to be disabilities, irrespective of whether there are any symptoms (subject to further exempting Regulations, not yet published).

Disability Discrimination Bill

[Thanks to Simon Jeffreys of CMS Cameron McKenna for passing me this information]

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