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Equality Bill amendment curbs use of health and disability-related pre-employment questionnaires

A new amendment to the Equality Bill will restrict employers' use of pre-employment questionnaires about health or disability during the recruitment process.

The Bill was steered through the House of Commons earlier this week, and will now go to the Lords for further scrutiny. However, a new clause has been introduced which aims to strengthen protection for disabled people against discrimination.

The clause addresses concerns raised by disability organisations that, because there is no restriction under the Disability Discrimination Act, there is 'fairly widespread' use of such enquiries by employers to discriminate against people who declared a disability by not selecting them for interview or other selection stages.

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December 9, 2009

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