What reasonable adjustments can I expect from my employer?
The Equality Act (England, Scotland and Wales) and the Disability Discrimination Act (Northern Ireland) says that employers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments. This is the way in which employers can support disabled staff to carry out their jobs. There are many different sorts of reasonable adjustments; here are some examples:
- Providing equipment (such as a video magifier).
- Providing software (such as ZoomText/JAWS/Supernova).
- Changing the working environment (altering lighting levels).
- Changing procedures (medical appointments about someone's disability are recorded as 'disability-related leave' rather than sick leave) or enabling someone to bring her assistance dog into the workplace (there may be some limitations e.g. in a hospital to comply with infection control requirements).
- Making changes to a job description to reassign some duties to other staff.
- Providing a support worker.
Find out more about reasonable adjustments at work.