The legal implications of dementia in the workplace: establishing a cross-disciplinary research agenda

Egdell, Valerie, Stavert, Jill and McGregor, Rebecca (2018) The legal implications of dementia in the workplace: establishing a cross-disciplinary research agenda. Ageing & Society, 38 (11). pp. 2181-2196. ISSN 0144-686X

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X17000642

Abstract

Dementia is a growing issue in the United Kingdom (UK) with over 800,000 people affected. Of these people, in excess of 40,000 are aged under 65 years. Thus, a significant number of individuals may be experiencing symptoms of dementia while in employment. In addition, as working lives extend, the potential impact of dementia on the workplace could be substantial. However, to date, there has been little research on experiences of dementia in the workplace. The research that exists highlights the lack of support for workers with dementia. Dementia may be considered to be a disability under the Equality Act 2010. Therefore, the legislation potentially provides a framework for individuals to request that their employer make reasonable adjustments to support their continued employment. International human rights law is potentially another tool that could be utilised to obtain necessary adjustments. This paper argues that in developing the evidence base on workplace experiences of dementia, it is important that the legal framework be considered. This paper reviews the existing literature on dementia in the workplace and embeds this in the legislative framework in order to establish a cross-disciplinary research agenda. While the paper focuses on the UK legal context, the argument presented in the paper is still relevant to other national contexts.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: dementia, workplace, older workers, Equality Act 2010, human rights law, cross-disciplinary research
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
C800 Psychology
N600 Human Resource Management
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School > Business and Management
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2018 14:27
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2018 12:53
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/37094

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