Bias act proposal would protect the terminally ill

first_imgProposalsto extend the Disability Discrimination Act will mean that 7 million additionalemployees will be protected. Firmswill not be able to discriminate against staff with terminal diseases such ascancer or HIV. Inthe proposals, someone diagnosed as HIV positive would be classified asdisabled and protected from discrimination even if they had not developed thedebilitating symptoms of full-blown Aids. BertMassie, chairman of the Disability Rights Commission, said, “This is themost significant programme of disability rights reforms for 30 years.Clarifying the definition of disability should reduce the number of cases thatneed to be resolved through legal action.”Theproposals are in the Government report, Towards Inclusion – Civil Rights forDisabled People, and the DfEE intends to introduce them as legislation in thenext parliamentary session. PatriciaLeighton, professor of European law at the University of Glamorgan, said,”Companies will have to change their personnel structures to comply ñorganisations will have to look at how they terminate contracts and the rolesof occupational health officers.”Staffsuch as health workers, who are encouraged by employers to disclose whetherthey have HIV will receive greater protection. GaryTheobold, head of personnel at Basildon and Thurrock NHS Trust, said,”This will strengthen our hand when we have discussions about this withour managers. It will reinforce good practice, rather than being an operationalburden.”EqualOpportunities Minister Margaret Hodge announced the proposals last week, whichinclude making smaller firms improve accessibility for disabled people by 2004and removing a get out clause of “reasonable effort” to comply. Staines Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Bias act proposal would protect the terminally illOn 13 Mar 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Watch video: “Stop the foolishness, shut up and pray for John Mahama” – Bukom Banku

first_imgJohn Mahama needs your support to sort out the power crisis that’s hit Ghana, says a popular boxer.Braimah Kamoko, known in boxing circles as Bukom Banku, has predicted a clear win for Mahama in the upcoming 2016 elections even with the population reeling from ‘dumsor’.On a two-minute video where he speaks in pidgin, the boxer who is widely known as a supporter of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) gave his take on the power situation.”Don’t blame Mahama for ‘dumsor dumsor’ has been in existence since [ex-President] Nkrumah’s time as well as [ex-Presidents] J.A Kuffour and the late Atta Mills.””John Mahama will solve the power crises. Why [are] people insulting him?” He went on: “The energy crisis is not his fault. People should stop the foolishness.” The boxer goes on to predict the next elections.”This will not affect Mahama in 2016 he will win the elections, people should pray for him because he is good for us,” Banku said in the video.Banku, who is undefeated, asked Ghanaians to rally behind the head of state – “Shut up and pray for the president!” –  to end the crises.WATCH THE VIDEO –Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmithlast_img read more