It would seem that ministers have been reading Arrse for there inspirations. Saturdays Guardian (sorry no linky) is running a story about the disabled as of Monday will be forced to take unpaid work for as yet unlimited hours. Seems ok on the face of it, although this will be an eye opener for a lot of employers who sign up for this one. As the Equalities Act will still be in force, even if the employees are not paid. Which unlike the disability discrimination act enforces all employers regardless of the number of employees So that's Providing reasonable adjustments to the building, such as Access to the building no steps, but a lift Providing a place away from the working area for a rest break Disabled toilets Adaptions to water fountains and any other facility, so that the disabled employee has equal access Only able to work for 48hrs a week Any abuse or comments about the disabled by a worker, could be seen as a criminal offence Provision of transport to get the disabled person to work and home again, even as much as the costs of a taxi Provision of specialist equipment to enable the disabled employee to do the job Provision of heating or cooling within the remit of the health and safety at work act. Equality training for permanent employees Provision of safety equipment, including adaptions to the equipment to make allowances for the disability of the worker. And breaches of the equalities act do not need a time period, to take a case to an employment tribunal, nor does the worker need to be an employee of the company taking on the disabled worker, to bring a claim. And the list goes on and on Seems to me that whoever thought up this one gave it as much thought as one might give to picking a nose. Pass the crisps and pop, this should be fun.