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Website updates March to April 2024

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Last updated 13th April, 2024.

Petition: making Parliamentary debates inclusive

Parliament building, Westminster, London

STAMMA (the British Stammering Association) and others have launched a petition urging the parliamentary authorities and Government, working with political parties, to consider how to make Parliamentary debates an inclusive environment for those who communicate differently. See Petition: making Parliamentary debates inclusive.

Trial period can be reasonable adjustment

In Rentokil Initial UK v Miller, the claimant was no longer able to do his current job due to his disability. A tribunal held it would have been a reasonable adjustment for the employer to offer him a trial period in an alternative role. The EAT upheld the decision, saying that a trial period can be a reasonable adjustment. It was for the tribunal to decide what was reasonable.

The EAT added that an employer may struggle to persuade the tribunal the trial period was not reasonable if the employer has not investigated, assessed and decided what to do with the duty of reasonable adjustment in mind. In particular, that duty can involve treating the disabled person more favourably than other candidates for the alternative role (so far as reasonable).

Also updated for this case:

High Court confirms university liable under EqA on oral assessments

On 14th February, 2024, the High Court upheld a County Court decision finding a university liable under the Equality Act (EqA). The case is University of Bristol v Abrahart.

This tragic case involved a physics student with depression and social anxiety disorder. The university continued to seek to use oral interviews to assess her, even though she failed to attend most of them. This continued after the university knew she had a mental health problem connected to the interviews. She committed suicide in her flat on the day when the university wanted her to be part of a group giving an oral conference presentation. The County Court – now upheld by the High Court – held the university liable under the EqA.

Other pages I’ve updated in relation to this High Court decision are:

Examples of jobs

Added to Examples of jobs done by people who stammer/ stutter:

Vento bands

The courts take the “Vento bands” into account in deciding the amount of compensation for injury to feelings. These bands are updated for inflation each year. They have just been updated for employment tribunal claims brought on or after 6th April 2024: see Remedies in employment disputes>Injury to feelings: the “Vento bands”.

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Coronavirus (Covid-19) updated, and pages on face masks/coverings taken off the website as no longer important.

Isle of Man

Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales>Isle of Man updated.

20th anniversary of stammeringlaw, 1999-2019