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Draft Disability Discrimination Regulations

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The draft Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (Amendment) Regulations 2003 h ave been published on the Stationery Office website.

On a quick glance, the snappily titled Regulations include some pretty wide-sweeping changes, including a change to the definition of 'discrimination', a prohibition on harassment, the (well-known) abolition of the small business exemption, minor tweaks to rules on discrimination against contract workers, an extension of the act to police, barristers and advocates, and add itional regulation dealing with what may - and may not - amount to reasonable adjustments.

If anybody would like to produce a summary of the precise changes made by the Regulations, I will happily distribute it. I have no intention of doing it myself!

The draft Regulations are to come into force (subject to being passed) on 1st October 2004.