Main Image

Disability in the workplace: what is a ‘reasonable’ adjustment?

Publication: People Management

And how much should employers be spending on it?

Recent reports that retired Paralympian skier Jade Etherington is struggling to find a support worker to enable her to start a new career in teaching highlight the need for employers to make reasonable adjustments to assist disabled employees. But just how far are employers expected to go?

Under the Equality Act 2010, there is a legal duty on employers to make reasonable adjustments for disabled employees where they are placed at a substantial disadvantage by their employer’s policy or practice, by the physical features of the employer’s premises or by lack of auxiliary aids. Where the duty arises, the employer must effectively treat the disabled person more favourably than other employees by making reasonable adjustments to reduce or remove the disadvantage. An employer that fails to make timely, reasonable adjustments is at serious risk of facing a disability discrimination claim.

Read the full article on the People Management website.

CONTACT CHRIS

If you would like more information or advice relating to this article or an Employment law matter, please do not hesitate to contact Chris Cook on 01727 798089.

© SA LAW 2017

Every care is taken in the preparation of our articles. However, no responsibility can be accepted to any person who acts on the basis of information contained in them alone. You are recommended to obtain specific advice in respect of individual cases.