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Then and now: disability legislation and employers' practices in the UK

Then and now: disability legislation and employers' practices in the UK

Woodhams, Carol and Corby, Susan (2007) Then and now: disability legislation and employers' practices in the UK. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 45 (3). pp. 556-580. ISSN 0007-1080 (Print), 1467-8543 (Online) (doi:10.1111/j.1467-8543.2007.00628.x)

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Abstract

Using a longitudinal research design, this article considers employers' human resource management practices in respect of disability equality: in 1995 under the Disabled Persons (Employment) Act and in 2003 under the Disability Discrimination Act. The article analyses whether there has been a change to employers' practices and whether or not this change is associated with increased employment of disabled persons. The findings show that proactive HR measures to encourage disabled employment, including positive discrimination, had a significant impact on disabled employment in 1995, whereas HR measures centring on managerial responsibilities and making adaptations had a similar result in 2003. We argue that, for optimum effectiveness, HR departments should employ the full range of HR measures that are available, including positive discrimination, and that this approach should be underpinned by a range of enforcement measures.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: disability legislation, human resource management, disability equality, employers' practices
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business > Department of Human Resources & Organisational Behaviour
Faculty of Business > Work & Employment Research Unit
Faculty of Business
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/3153

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