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Employment tribunal rules long COVID is a disability

In what is believed to be the first case of its kind, an employment tribunal has ruled that long COVID (also known as post-COVID syndrome) meets the criteria for a disability

In a landmark ruling, a caretaker working for a charity successfully proved that coronavirus left him with “substantial and long-term” side effects affecting his ability to work.

Terence Burke first contracted COVID-19 in November 2020 and, despite initially having mild symptoms, lost the ability to undertake even simple household tasks and maintain concentration. Mr Burke successfully fought a disability discrimination case against his former employer, following his dismissal after being too exhausted to return to work for nine months.

Tribunal Judge James Young found that the condition substantially impacted on Mr Burke’s daily life, and commented: “I consider that the relevant tests are met to meet the definition of disability.”

The latest data from the Office of National Statistics estimates that two million people in the UK live with long COVID.

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DPA releases coronavirus support video

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented particular challenges for disabled colleagues who are having to adapt to new ways of working. As part of our commitment to support the extended police family, the Disabled Police Association has produced an inspirational video in which members talk about their experiences during lockdown and share advice for maintaining physical and mental wellbeing.

The DPA would like to thank Hertfordshire Constabulary and ACC Nat Briant for their support in producing this film.

Coronavirus advice for supporting disabled employees

The Business Disability Forum has published advice on supporting disabled employees, customers and clients who may be affected by coronavirus COVID-19. The resource, titled ‘Coronavirus and disability: What you need to know’, offers advice on how to support colleagues and customers who have a condition or who are taking medication which means they have a compromised immune system and are therefore more susceptible to catching infections.

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