Asking for medical information during recruitment

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This webpage covers enquiries that employers may wish to make, during the recruitment process, relating to candidates’ fitness to work, disability and health.

In terms of discrimination risk relating to medical enquiries, we consider both the general position on disability discrimination and the position under section 60 of the Equality Act which prohibits in most circumstances asking health-related questions before making a job offer.

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