A reasonable adjustment is an adaptation that an employer could make that would enable a disabled person with a disability to continue to carry out their duties without being at a disadvantage compared to others. Under the Equality Act 2010, there is a legal duty on the employer to make these reasonable adjustments for disabled employees. It is easy for employers to under-estimate the extent of their duty to make adjustments and can easily leave themselves vulnerable to complaint or tribunal.
The Equality Act places the obligation to make reasonable adjustments on the employer, including these key areas:
1. Working practice and company policies, such as a disability management policy
2. Work environment and access
3. Provision of equipment & training Many adjustments employers can make will not be particularly expensive, and they are not required to do more than is reasonable.
What is reasonable depends, among other factors, on the size and nature of the organisation.