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How to stop tokenism of disability in the workforce

This article was written by HR News Approximately 15% of the world’s population live with some form of disability but only 2-4% have disabilities which cause significant difficulties functioning, yet disabled people are over a third less likely to be employed than non-disabled people, according to HR News. It’s probable this will have multiplied as …

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Epilepsy in the workplace: know your rights as an employee and an employer

Some people worry that telling an employer about their epilepsy might affect their chance of getting a job or being treated fairly at work. Although discrimination can happen, the Employment Equity act aims to protect you from discrimination, and help your employer to treat you fairly and support you at work. Having the right information …

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Why are mental disabilities still the elephant in the room?

Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), and the SA Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) reports that 23 South Africans commit suicide every day. However, despite the disturbing global statistics, mental illness remains the most stigmatised of all health conditions and those affected continue to be shamed and face …

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Digital accessibility and why it matters

“Accessibility” in the digital space means that digital platforms, like websites, mobile apps, social channels and PDFs, should be readable, operable and functional to all users – especially people with disabilities. It is an issue that is rapidly gaining attention in many spheres, including social, economic and legal domains. Accessibility is part of diversity and …

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Home offices – The Future of Work?

The benefits for people with disabilities While there are few silver linings amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, remote work is definitely one. The nationwide lockdown forced many businesses to suddenly enable its workforce to work from home or remotely. Although it has been around for some time, the concept wasn’t widely adopted in South Africa. …

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Multinationals must ensure policy, not geography drives disability inclusion

There is often a certain pride associated with working for a multinational corporation or global brand. This is, perhaps, even more the case for disabled staff, who may face additional barriers to entering the workforce in the first place. It is, therefore, not so difficult to imagine why it could be frustrating for disabled employees …

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Investing in the Mental Health of your Employees

July is Mental Health Awareness Month. Employers should be aware that mental illness in the workplace can lead to decreased productivity, poor work quality, and even compromised workplace safety. Employers should take proactive steps to identify and manage mental illness in the workplace. As South Africa was placed in lockdown since 26 March 2020, to …

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Blind SA takes President to Constitutional court

Blind SA has accused President Cyril Ramaphosa of having failed in his constitutional duty, by not signing the long-awaited Copyright Amendment Bill (CAB) into law. The CAB was referred to the President in March 2019 and has been in his in-tray since. The blind and visually impaired rights body believes the delay perpetuates discrimination against …

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Making reasonable adjustments to the workplace

It is well documented that hiring people with disabilities is good for business, the economy and your company’s morale. That said, employers have a responsibility to make reasonable adjustments to the workplace so that an employee with a disability can do their job effectively. Previously referred to as a ‘reasonable adjustment’, a workplace adjustment is a change to a work process, …

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