Amendment to Disability Law set to impact upon 1.3million UK SMEs

November 2003
Management Services;Nov2003, Vol. 47 Issue 11, p6
Academic Journal
The article presents information on the impact on small- and medium-sized enterprises in Great Britain of the amendments to the Disability Discrimination Act, according to disability insurer UnumProvident. The law requires all small- and medium-sized enterprises to make their workplace accessible to both disabled and employees and customers. Although the Act became law in 1995, recent amendments mean that from October 2004 business will be required to make reasonable adjustments in relation to the physical features of their premises to make them more accessible for disabled people. Nationally, the amendment will affect more than one million small businesses and impact positively on the 600,000 disabled people who work for these businesses. The necessary level of reasonable adjustment can be divided into seven key areas. This includes approaching the premises, entering the premises, inside the premises, communication with staff, getting to goods and services, customer toilets and leaving the premises.


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