Am I entitled to time off work to adjust to my disability?

Some unions have negotiated special 'disability leave' for employees. The aim of disability leave is to give time and job security to newly disabled employees. The leave allows you to assess whether you would be able to resume work following adaptations to the premises or to your workstation, by learning new skills or by doing your job in different ways.

As long as the purpose of the time off is to help you return successfully to your workplace, this might be a reasonable adjustment for your employer to make, even if there is no negotiated agreement in place. It is a good idea to make sure you have the support of your GP or another medical specialist who can explain in writing what adjustments are needed and how and why they would help you to carry on with your job.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.