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Under the Equality Act 2010, an employer has an active duty to make reasonable adjustments for a disabled person where its policies or practices, or physical feature of its premises, put a disabled employee at a substantial disadvantage in comparison with a non-disabled person. The duty also covers disabled job applicants in the recruitment process.
Reasonable adjustments in employment for a disability could include: reallocation of duties or redeployment to a different role; giving a nearby parking space to a disabled worker; providing a specialist piece of equipment; arranging breaks to cope with a disability; allocating a mentor; and amending the employer’s policy on companions at certain meetings.
Employers are required only to make adjustments that are reasonable. For example, if the cost of the reasonable adjustment is prohibitive, or the suggested adjustment is completely impractical, the employer may not be required to make it.
25 May 2010
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9 Mar 2010
Employers are under an obligation to safeguard against discrimination in the workplace on the grounds of disability. The fact that reasonable adjustments must be made to assist disabled employees during the course of their work is well recognised, but this duty also applies to recruitment and selection. Janice Nairns outlines employers' responsibilities.
3 Jun 2009
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Disability discrimination – failure to consult over reasonable adjustments: Tarbuck v Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd, EAT
13 Dec 2006
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2 Nov 2004
By asking the following questions you will get an idea of where your organisation is now in relation to your...
5 Oct 2004
Making sure that your company complies with disability discrimination legislation is essential. Annie Tyldesley, a nurse manager in an aged care centre in New Zealand, has created an assessment tool to help organisations get it right
5 Feb 2004
leading disability charity has released a CD-Rom to help employers meet new
legislative obligations and reduce the effects of...
20 Feb 2001
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