Disability and age — new discrimination provisions commence

News

Disability and age — new discrimination provisions commence

Noteworthy changes to federal discrimination law relating to disability discrimination and age discrimination come into effect today, 5 August.

WantToReadMore

Get unlimited access to all of our content.

Noteworthy changes to federal discrimination law relating to disability discrimination and age discrimination come into effect today, 5 August.
 
Amendments to the federal Disability Discrimination Act 1992 provide for an explicit duty on employers to make reasonable adjustments for people with disabilities.
 
In addition, the amendments impact on age discrimination — amending the Age Discrimination Act 2004 to remove the ‘dominant reason’ test, so widening the application of this ground.
 
The amendments will make it easier for employees to bring discrimination complaints. However, there is now an ‘inherent requirements’ defence for employers against disability discrimination.
 
The Disability Discrimination and Other Human Rights Legislation Amendment Act 2009, introduced into Federal Parliament in 2008, received Royal Assent on 8 July 2009.
 
Underlying the amendments were key recommendations the Productivity Commission made in its 2004 report on federal disability law.
 
Details of the changes are available on WorkplaceInfo
 
Post details