Supporting Disabled People in the Workplace

The Equality Act forms the cornerstone of UK law that protects disabled people from discrimination in the workplace. While employers will wish to avoid the problems and costs caused by tribunals, good employers will recognise and positively embrace the business benefits of creating a more diverse and inclusive workplace.

A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People sets out of some of the key plans of the Scottish Government. Actions include reducing the employment gap between disabled people and non-disabled people in the public sector by at least half and consulting around targets to ensure disabled people have access to employment. 


Whilst good employers will have measures in place to support disabled employees, join us to understand what more can be done. On the 9th of March 2017, we will provide you with an up-to-date briefing on employer's duties and responsibilities, Government actions to help employers, and what employers themselves can do to recruit, retain and support disabled employees. 

Key issues to be addressed:

  • Employers' duties in relation to the recruitment, redundancy and retirement of disabled people
  • The best measures/schemes that more employers should access
  • Plans to reduce the employment gap in the public sector between disabled and non-disabled people by half 
  • Guidance available and Government support for employers


09:00   Registration and refreshments 

09:30   Welcome and Chair's introduction

          Jamie Szymkowiak, Founder, One in Five 

Session 1: Understanding Employer's Legal Duties and Scottish Government Policy 

09:35   Employers’ Legal Duties Towards Disabled People: Recruitment, Redundancy and Retirement

  • The legal framework for disability rights
  • Recruitment - what can I be asked and what are an employer’s duties
  • Reasonable adjustments - most recent cases
  • Termination of employment - particular considerations

Lindsey Cartwright, Partner, Morton Fraser LLP, Accredited Specialist in Employment Law

10:00    A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People

  • Reducing by at least half the employment gap between disabled people and the rest of the working age population
  • Key actions in the Scottish Government’s recently published Disability Delivery Plan, A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People
  • Supporting disabled people as part of newly devolved Employability Services – plans for 2017/18 and the full service from 2018
  • How the Scottish Government will work with employers across the private, public and third sectors in Scotland to increase the number of disabled people in employment.

Adam Reid, Head of Policy and Integration, Employability Programme, Scottish Government

10:20    Questions and discussion

10:45    Refreshments and networking 

Session 2: Interactive Workshop

11:10    ‘Think Different’ Understanding current perceptions around disability​

  • Simple adjustments, big impact  - The benefits to retaining disabled talent
  • Guidance and government support available to you as an employer
  • The role of the 'fit for work service' Scotland

      Lillian Boyd, Head of Account Management, Remploy

      Neil Bell, Regional Lead for Scotland, Remploy 

12:10   Questions and Discussion

12:15   Networking Lunch 

Session 3: Good practice

13:00   Recruiting, Retaining and Supporting Employees 

  • Breaking down the barriers to recruiting more disable people 
  • Learning from employers with good records

Bela Gor, Legal Director, Business Disability Forum

13:25   Experiences in Employment: Promoting Inclusion

  • The kinds of support people want from their employer
  • Support available to help employers improve

      Phyl Meyer, Projects Manager (Employability and Civic Participation), Inclusion Scotland 

13:55   Employer Case Study

  • How our organisation supports disabled employees – challenges we faced and how we overcame them

14:20   Questions and Discussion

14:50   Closing remarks from the Chair 

15:00   Close of event 

*subject to change

Venue and Costs 

COSLA, Verity House, 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh, EH12 5BHMAP | T:0131 474 9200

Delegate Rates:

  • Discounted rate: £149 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: £199 + VAT (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: £299 + VAT (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

More information:

Event producer: Zoe Russell | 0131 285 1692 |


9 March 2017
Central Edinburgh
United Kingdom



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