The recent revelation in a leaked letter that the Government plans to cut Employment and Support Allowance benefit by £2.5 billion, on the back of the earlier announcements in welfare benefit cuts, has sparked controversy.

The charity, Scope, has set up a campaign to gather the views of disabled people who may be affected by the cuts and are encouraging people to sign a petition. Scope’s website indicates that disabled people fear they will be forced to return to the workplace, into roles which they are not capable of doing.

Emma O'Byrne looks at some of the key employment law issues that employers should be aware of when hiring people who are disabled.

This article first appeared on the HR Magazine website

What employers should bear in mind when hiring people who are disabled - HR Magazine - Oct 2010.pdf