Reasonable Adjustments

Legal Requirement

The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) ensures that employers are required to support people with long-term conditions affecting their ability to function at work. As part of this requirement, employers are obliged to make "reasonable adjustments" where appropriate.

Practical Measures

Because there is such a variety in the specific needs of individuals, there are no hard and fast rules on what constitutes reasonable adjustment. However, many adjustments cost little or nothing to implement and are often a matter of flexibility and developing a creative approach to working practice.

Assessment & Recommendations

There are areas where the law and practice are vague, unclear or as yet undefined. In these situations, employers or employees can ask us to make an assessment and then provide advice and guidance on what constitutes a reasonable adjustment, especially where a neurological, cognitive or sensory disability or impairment is involved.