Reasonable adjustments and sickness absence policies
Managing sickness absence can be difficult, particularly where employees are disabled and may require more time off than others.
Effective sickness absence policies can help deal with absences consistently and effectively.
However, employers need to ensure these are managed effectively to avoid disability discrimination.
The strict application of a sickness absence policy may place disabled employees at a disadvantage and give rise to the duty to make reasonable adjustments.
This article examines the duty on employers to make adjustments and the impact this may have on the use of sickness absence policies.
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