Autism in the workplace: employment law considerations
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Nicholas Le Riche
Nicholas Le Riche (pictured) is a partner and Laura Binnie is a senior associate at BDB Pitmans

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the workplace has become far more prevalent in recent years, mainly due to increased recognition and diagnosis of various conditions “across the spectrum”, including Asperger’s Syndrome. Some of the key characteristics of ASD include difficulties with communication (particularly social interaction), repetitive behaviour, sensitivity to sensory information, and a focus on rules, procedures, and routines. Even within that diagnosis, there are hugely variable degrees of the condition, where each individual will be affected differently.