What are an Employer’s Obligations Surrounding Reasonable Adjustments for a Disabled Employee?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 10 March 2023
Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI
Issues covered: Disabilities; Discrimination; Reasonable Adjustments; Policies and Procedures; Diversity and Inclusion

Further information would be required in order to advise on the particular obligations that would be relevant in your context. However, in general terms, the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 imposes a duty on employers to make reasonable adjustments to help disabled employees (together with job applicants and former employees in certain circumstances).

The duty can arise where a disabled person is placed at a substantial disadvantage by:

  • An employer's provision, criterion or practice.
  • A physical feature of the employer's premises.
  • An employer's failure to provide an auxiliary aid.

However, an employer will not be obliged to make reasonable adjustments unless it knows or ought reasonably

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Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI

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