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Working with arthritis

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Work and arthritis

Some people with arthritis find working life challenging, but there is plenty of support available.

Most people will want to carry on working and there are many reasons to do so, including increased financial security. Many people with arthritis find that working makes them feel better in health terms too. However, help is available for those who feel unable to carry on working.

Whether you are a person living with arthritis, an employer or a healthcare professional, there is information here which will help you.

New developments Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act makes it simpler for a person to show that they are disabled and protected from disability discrimination. You no longer have to show that your condition affects a particular function, such as mobility, to qualify for protection from discrimination.

The law also protects you from ‘indirect discrimination’ – this is where a policy or practice is applied in the same way to everyone but puts disabled people at a particular disadvantage. In addition, you cannot be discriminated against because of something that results from your disability.

Employers will be limited in the questions they can ask you about your health before they offer you a job.

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