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Reasonable adjustments for disabled job applicants

As lawyers, we know employment law can be a minefield for many employers out there.  The recruitment process is the start of any employment relationship and comes with its own obstacles as you must ensure any recruitment process is fair and objective.  Employers can expose themselves to risks of claims from job applicants if the recruitment process is discriminatory in any way.

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Reasonable Adjustments for Disabled Employees

What could be viewed as a reasonable adjustment for a disabled employee is a question that has been debated for some time.  Some adjustments appear straightforward whilst others are viewed as going beyond what would be considered reasonable.  A recent case in the news puts pay protection on the list as a reasonable adjustment.  Here we take a look at the case in point and offer some tips on some other adjustments that have been considered reasonable.

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Sickness absence policies and making reasonable adjustments

The duty to make reasonable adjustments in respect of the disabilities of employees can be a legal minefield for employers. The duty can arise where an employer’s provision, criterion or practice puts a disabled employee at a substantial disadvantage in comparison to those who are not disabled.

Disabled employees are more likely than others to have significant sickness absence. Therefore, the strict application of a sickness policy is likely to place disabled employees at a substantial disadvantage and therefore give rise to the duty to make adjustments.

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