More companies to be covered by accessibility requirements

Published: 8 November 2017 at 07.45

Companies with fewer than ten employees working within the goods and services sector are to be covered by the requirements governing accessibility for people with disabilities. This could include hairdressers and restaurants, for example. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal.

There is currently an exception within the Discrimination Act for this type of company. These are companies that many people encounter on a daily basis, and the Riksdag therefore considers the change important in terms of improving equality and participation in society. The change means that people with functional disabilities will receive greater protection from discrimination.

The amendment will come into force on 1 May 2018.

The Riksdag also feels it is important for the change to be evaluated in order to monitor how it works, both for the companies and for people with functional disabilities. The Riksdag is therefore encouraging the Government in an announcement to evaluate the amendment of the Act.