The new guidance summarises that reasonable adjustments must be made:
ACAS states when a company is looking to put in place reasonable adjustments that they should consider that:
Examples of reasonable adjustments in relation to mental health:
ACAS highlights the importance of the employer and employee working together when discussing reasonable adjustments and being clear on what support the company can provide vs what the employee is requesting. Should an employee request reasonable adjustments, the company should be understanding and listening to the reasons why the employee has requested these adjustments.
Organisations should document any reasonable adjustments agreed and make a plan of when these actions will be implemented or later reviewed.
Employers are also advised to complete future checks with the employee to understand if the reasonable adjustments are providing the support required or if any further changes need to be actioned.
By conducting reviews and checking in on the employee, the employer can be seen as providing the extra support the employee may need. Ignoring a request for reasonable adjustments may be considered an act of unlawful discrimination under the Equality Act. The full ACAS guide can be accessed here: https://www.acas.org.uk/reasonable-adjustments-for-mental-health
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Date: August 23, 2023