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Why the Equality Act will stop employers from asking pre-employment health questions

Most of the Equality Act 2010 is due to come into force on 1 October 2010, including section 60: prohibiting the use of pre-employment health questionnaires before a job offer is made.

This provision is intended to protect disabled job applicants from discrimination during the recruitment process. Employers will no longer be able to adopt a “one size fits all” approach and send out questionnaires containing questions about general health and medication issues with application forms. And they won’t be able to require applicants to have a medical assessment before making a job offer either.

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August 10, 2010

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