An employee has said that they are stressed and has asked for a reasonable adjustment to be made, for example, time off. Do we have to facilitate this?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 6 February 2018
Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI
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The first step that an employer must take is to ascertain if the employee is suffering from a disability for the purposes of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. It would be prudent to seek advice from occupational health on this issue. If occupational health confirm that the employee does suffer from a disability, the employer must then consider making a reasonable adjustment.

Employers should remember that adjustments do not need to be excessive - they only need to be "reasonable". When considering what adjustments are reasonable, an employer should take into account the following factors:

  • Is the adjustment practical for the employer?
  • Does the employer have the resources to pay for

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Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI

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