Does an employee have the right to place themselves on 'disability related leave' if they believe the appropriate 'reasonable adjustments' have not been made?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 4 December 2012
Arthur Cox
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There is no statutory term or right to “disability related leave”. However, situations can arise where an employee may argue that they are on sick leave because their employer has not made an appropriate reasonable adjustment.

In the case of Olenloa v North West London Hospitals NHS Trust (June 2012) the Employment Appeal Tribunal considered whether the failure to offer reasonable adjustments to an employee meant he had no alternative but to remain on sick leave. The employee was suffering from Adjustment Disorder with a mixed anxiety and depressive reaction. He argued that if the Trust had made the reasonable adjustments requested (including reducing staffing levels, reallocating duties

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