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Achieving Equal Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities Through Legislation: Guidelines

— theme: Disability

These guidelines reflect the reappraisal of disability as a human rights issue. Intended for policy-makers and drafters of legislation, they have been developed with a view to assisting in improving the effectiveness of national laws concerning training and employment of disabled persons, as part of an ILO Project “The Employment of People with Disabilities: the Impact of Legislation”.

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Chinese (pdf), Khmer (pdf), Thai (pdf), Vietnamese (pdf)

Funded by the Government of Ireland, this project aims to enhance the capacity of governments of selected countries to implement effective legislation on the employment of people with disabilities – either in the form of new laws, or revisions to existing laws, or through the development of regulations or policies to implement laws. In addition to compiling information on laws and their effectiveness, the project provides technical assistance to selected national governments in implementing necessary improvements in their laws. These drafting guidelines are intended as a tool to support this technical advisory role and will be available to all participating countries.

These guidelines consist of a set of pointers and explanatory text, and are designed to assist drafters of national or federal disability and labour legislation. They are also aimed at other relevant bodies and authorities which have the objective of promoting equal employment opportunities for women and men with disabilities. The guidelines have been drafted with reference to ILO labour standards in this area, the existing ILO Labour Legislation guidelines and other relevant international labour and human rights instruments. They describe and analyse an array of policy measures that can be adopted to implement these laws, and address the inclusion of disability rights within the world of work. The guidelines can be used as a tool to evaluate elements of a national equal opportunities strategy and for further discussion and debate at national level. The guidelines can serve as a yardstick to measure the compliance of distinct national laws and policy measures seeking to implement these laws with international human rights and labour law.

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