The Employers' Forum on Disability (EFD) has called on the government to do more to help businesses adapt to the provisions contained within the recent Equality Act to ensure that more disabled people find work.
Responding to the Equality and Human Rights Commission's How Fair is Britain report, EFD chief executive Susan Scott-Parker suggested that companies are struggling to come to terms with the legislation and need additional assistance.
"The way the law is applied needs to make it easier for employers to get it right when employing disabled people," she explained. "Employers are still getting used to the very recent change in equality law."
Ms Scott-Parker added that the impending publication of statutory codes of practice relating to the Equality Act should help to clear up some of the confusion and reduce discrimination in the workplace.
Earlier this month, Brethertons employment solicitor Michelle Morgan warned that businesses may experience teething problems in the early stages of the Equality Act's introduction.