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The duty to make reasonable adjustments

The most important part of the law against disability discrimination is the duty on employers to make reasonable adjustments. Basically this means that, where workers are disadvantaged by workplace practices because of their disability, employers must take reasonable steps, eg by adjusting hours or duties, buying or modifying equipment or allowing time off, so that they can carry out their job. “The first requirement is a requirement, where a provision, criterion or practice of A’s puts a disabled person at a substantial disadvantage in relation to a relevant matter in comparison with persons who are not disabled, to take such steps as it is reasonable to have to take in order to avoid the
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Paying full pay is a potential reasonable adjustment, where the worker is off sick because other reasonable adjustments have not been made. In other circumstances, it will rarely be a reasonable adjustment to pay full pay for disability-related absence if there is no contractual entitlement.
The duty is restricted to job-related matters and does not extend to:

* Providing a carer for a worker’s personal and toilet needs. However, there may be a duty to provide accessible toilets or accommodate a carer who the worker brings with him/her.

* Providing transport to and from work (as opposed to assisting with travel while at work).

* Offering ill-health retirement.

Where it is necessary to make adjustments to premises which are occupied under a lease, there are special rules enabling such adjustments to be made, even where the lease forbids it or the landlord unreasonably withholds consent.

How much must an employer do?

A tribunal will decide on the facts of each individual case how much the employer ought to have done by way of reasonable adjustment.

What kind of adjustments?

The Employment Code lists factors which a tribunal may take into account when deciding whether an adjustment would have been reasonable:

* whether taking any particular step would be effective in preventing the substantial disadvantage * the practicability of the step * the financial and other

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