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October/November 2009 (vol. 06/3)

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The definition of disability

Recent developments in the case law

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A decision of the House of Lords means that people with recurring impairments are more likely to be protected by the Disability Discrimination Act. Diana Kloss examines recent case law.

BECAUSE the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) confers special rights on disabled people it is important to be able to define who is included within the ambit of the legislation. The intention of Parliament was to include those with a medical model of disability, namely those with an impairment of psychological, physiological or anatomical structure or function. There are exceptions…

Diana Kloss is a barrister, part-time employment judge, Acas arbitrator and author.

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Occupational Health at Work October/November 2009 (vol. 06/3) pp33-34

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