This guide defines 'reasonable adjustments' in the workplace. It relates to recruiting and employing workers who have a disability or a health condition.
REASONABLE ADJUSTMENTS: Making reasonable adjustments at work is a responsibility of all employers. A long list of employment laws also apply to workers with disabilities.
It also includes any employees with physical or mental health conditions. The same laws extend to:
Thus, employers must ensure these workers do not get 'substantially' disadvantaged while carrying out their tasks.
Note: The Government regulate this legislation in the United Kingdom. There is a Welsh language version on making reasonable adjustments for workers with disabilities. Read through 'Addasiadau rhesymol i weithwyr ag anableddau neu gyflyrau iechyd' (Cymraeg).
The goal is to allow disabled employees to carry out their work 'like a non-disabled worker' would. Some examples of reasonable adjustments include:
Note: The duties of the Equality Act 2010 applies to all employers. It includes changing workplace procedures and removing physical and mental barriers (where possible).
There are several places to get advice on making reasonable adjustments for disabled employees:
Note: Check out the Equality and Human Rights Commission website. They have further details on the obligations of employers and how to meet them.
Making Reasonable Adjustments for Workers with Disabilities in the United Kingdom