What is a reasonable adjustment?

Nick Singer

31 July 2018

What is a reasonable adjustment?

Reasonable adjustments within the workplace are there to remove and/or minimise the disadvantages experienced by disabled people.
Employers must make reasonable adjustments to ensure disabled people are not at a disadvantage in the workplace. They should also make sure policies and practices do not put disabled people at a disadvantage.

What does reasonable mean?

What is reasonable will depend on the size and nature of the organisation, a large employer will be more likely than a small shop to have the resources to make very expensive adjustments. However, many adjustments will be simple and inexpensive.

• a special chair because of back problems
• a ramp for a wheelchair user
• changing working hours or patterns of work
• a phased return after sick leave
• modifying and adjusting sickness absence triggers
• modifying or adjusting performance targets.

Employers should remember the aim of the adjustment is to take away the disadvantage for the disabled person and enable them to carry out their duties.

What is a reasonable adjustment is the question we put to expert barrister Nick Singer.

Video Transcript

What is a reasonable adjustment in the workplace now this question I put to expert barrister Nick Singer and he'll explain?

A reasonable adjustment it's a situation where you have what's called a PCP, which is a provision criterion or practice which applies to everybody but it puts a disabled person at a substantial disadvantage and if that happens, then you need to put your mind to as an employer ways of helping that disabled person to get around that substantial disadvantage and those things are reasonable adjustments.

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