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What are 'reasonable adjustments'?
The Equality and Human Rights Commission's Code of Practice on the employment provisions of the Equality Act gives guidance on the reasonable adjustments that employers will typically have to make. Typical adjustments made by employers include:
- allowing the disabled person to be absent during working hours for rehabilitation, assessment or medical treatment;
- acquiring or modifying equipment;
- altering the disabled person's working hours;
- transferring the disabled person to fill an existing vacancy;
- making adjustments to premises, such as improving access;
- allocating some of the disabled person's duties to another person;
- assigning the disabled person to a different place of work;
- giving the disabled person training;
- providing a reader or interpreter;
- providing support workers; and
- modifying instructions and reference manuals.
An adjustment can be reasonable even though it costs the employer money. There is support available towards the cost of reasonable adjustments, for example via the government's Access to Work scheme.