How do you assess what a reasonable adjustment is?

Nick Singer

07 August 2018

When must an employer make reasonable adjustments in the workplace?

Under the Equality Act 2010 an employer has a duty to take make reasonable adjustments when a workplace feature or practice puts a worker or job applicant with a disability at a disadvantage.
This will need to be actioned, when the employer:

• becomes aware of the disability
• could reasonably be expected to know about the disability
• the worker asks for reasonable adjustments
• the worker is having difficulty with any part of their job
• the worker's sickness record, or delay in returning to work, is linked to their disability.

The employer should hold a meeting with the individual to discuss what can be done to support them.

How do you assess what is a reasonable adjustment? we put to expert barrister Nick Singer.

Video Transcript

Hello, my name's Mark Ferron and how do you assess what is a reasonable adjustment in the workplace? I put that question to employment expert barrister Nick Singer he'll explain.

They used to be in the old Disability Discrimination Act, there was a list of things that an employer should take into consideration.
The Equality Act for some reason decided not to include that list although employment tribunals still have regards to it, they still think about it. The sort of things that you think about are the cost of it, is the reasonable adjustments itself going to actually get rid of the substantial disadvantage, is it practical, you have to think about the size of the employer, so a big organization, you know like Microsoft would have a very different burden on it to a high street dental practice.

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