CHAPTER 184
DISABLED PERSONS (EMPLOYMENT) ACT

[PRINCIPAL LEGISLATION]

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

   Section

Title

PART I
PRELIMINARY PROVISIONS

   1.   Short title and application.

   2.   Interpretation.

PART II
ADMINISTRATION

   3.   National Advisory Council.

   4.   Functions of the Advisory Council.

   5.   Establishment and constitution of Committees.

   6.   Functions of Advisory Committees.

PART III
REGISTRATION OF DISABLED PERSONS

   7.   Register of disabled persons.

   8.   Disabled person to make application for registration.

   9.   Entry of names of disabled persons in register.

   10.   Duration of registration.

PART IV
VOCATIONAL TRAINING AND INDUSTRIAL
REHABILITATION COURSES FOR THE DISABLED

   11.   Vocational training courses.

   12.   Industrial rehabilitation courses.

PART V
PROVISIONS FOR ENABLING REGISTERED DISABLED PERSONS TO OBTAIN EMPLOYMENT OR TO UNDERTAKE WORK ON THEIR OWN ACCOUNT

   13.   Definition of "employer".

   14.   Establishment of Employers' Register.

   15.   Obligation to give employment to the disabled.

   16.   Employer not to discontinue employment of a person registered as handicapped.

   17.   Offence not to offer employment or to discontinue employment of a person registered as handicapped by disablement.

   18.   Permits for employment of persons not registered where quota condition not satisfied.

   19.   Appropriation of vacancies in certain employments to registered persons only.

   20.   Power of entry.

   21.   General penalty.

   22.   Delegation by the Commissioner.

   23.   Transitional provisions.

SCHEDULES

CHAPTER 184
THE DISABLED PERSONS (EMPLOYMENT) ACT

An Act to make provision for enabling persons handicapped by disablement to secure employment or work on their own account and for purposes connected with those matters.

[1st January, 1984]
[G.N. No. 163 of 1983]

Act No. 2 of 1982

PART I
PRELIMINARY PROVISIONS (ss 1-2)

1.   Short title and application

   (1) This Act may be cited as the Disabled Persons (Employment) Act.

   (2) The provisions of this Act, other than the penal provisions, shall apply to and be carried into effect by the departments of Government, local authorities and parastatal organisations as if they were employers within the meaning of this Act.

2.   Interpretation

   In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires–

   "Council" means the National Advisory Council established by section 3;

   "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Social Welfare;

   "Committee" means a Committee established by section 5;

   "disabled person" means a person who, on account of injury, disease or congenital deformity, is substantially handicapped in obtaining employment, or in undertaking work on his own account, of a kind which apart from that injury, disease or deformity would be suited to his age, experience and qualification; and

   (a)   the expression "disablement" in relation to any person shall be construed accordingly;

   (b)   for the purpose of the definitions contained in this paragraph, the expression "disease" shall be construed as including a physical or mental condition arising from imperfect development of any organ;

   "Minister" means the Minister for the time being responsible for social welfare of the disabled persons.

PART II
ADMINISTRATION (ss 3-6)

3.   National Advisory Council

   (1) The Minister shall establish for the purpose of this Act a National Advisory Council.

   (2) The provisions of the First Schedule to this Act shall have effect with respect to the constitution and proceedings of the Council.

4.   Functions of the Advisory Council

   (1) The functions of the Council shall be to advise and assist the Minister in matters relating to the employment, undertaking of work on their own account or training, of disabled persons generally and in particular, the Council may advise the Government on–

   (a)   the formulation of programmes which may secure the educational, vocational and social integration of handicapped persons;

   (b)   all matters relating to the promotion of the welfare of the disabled;

   (c)   the co-ordination of policies and programmes and the provision of grants relating to the disabled persons;

   (d)   the promotion of the collection and dissemination of information relating to programmes, services, facilities, goods, housing, accommodation and employment for disabled persons and the maintenance of inventories thereof for the information and advice of disabled persons;

   (e)   the training or facilitation of the training of persons as counsellors or administrators who will carry out programmes for the vocational rehabilitation of disabled persons.

   (2) The Council may exercise such other functions as may be assigned to it by the Minister.

5.   Establishment and constitution of Committees

   (1) The Minister shall appoint for every district a District Committee and every region, a Regional Committee.

   (2) The provisions of the Second Schedule and the Third Schedule shall apply respectively to the constitution of the District and Regional Committees and the provisions of the First Schedule to this Act shall, with modifications, have effect, with respect to the meetings and proceedings of the committees.

6.   Functions of Advisory Committees

   The functions of a Committee shall be to advise upon and report on any matter submitted to it for that purpose by the Council or by the Minister.

PART III
REGISTRATION OF DISABLED PERSONS (ss 7-10)

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