Disability

Relevant EU Directive:

Directive 2000/78/EC.

Even though the Employment Equality Directive does not provide a definition of disability, since the EU became party to the CRPD in 2011, the CJEU stated that “Directive 2000/78 must, as far as possible, be interpreted in a manner consistent with that Convention”, thus reflecting the social model of disability. EU law also recognises that states have obligations to ensure reasonable accommodation to allow persons with disabilities the opportunity to fully realise their rights. Failure to do so amounts to discrimination.

Example:

Examples can include job dismissals with a shortened notice period because of workplace absences resulting from employees’ health problems or a refusal to grant a reduction in working hours where such a reduction makes it possible for a worker to continue their employment.

January 8, 2019
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Extending the Agenda. Equality Bodies addressing Hate Speech

Hate speech and hate crime are growing and damaging phenomena across Europe. This is recognised in the work of the European Commission and of the Council of Europe. European standards for equality bodies recommend that their mandate be extended to include hate speech. Few equality bodies have an explicit mandate on hate speech, many have, however, interpreted their mandate to include hate speech. This situation can leave them lacking the competences and resources required to make an impact.
May 24, 2018

Work Life Balance

The series of Equinet’s ’In Focus Briefs’ are short thematic papers, which highlight the work of Equinet and its members, as well as European developments on a given topic. This one focuses on the issue of work life balance, highlighting the work of equality bodies to support work life balance, what challenges they face and good practice examples. EU level developments on work life balance are also outlined.