Which disabled people does the duty apply to?

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The duty applies to you if you:

  • are working for an employer, or
  • apply for a job with an employer, or
  • tell an employer you are thinking of applying for a job with them.

It applies to all stages and aspects of employment. So, for example, where the duty arises your employer must make reasonable adjustments to disciplinary or dismissal procedures and decisions. It does not matter if you were a disabled person when you began working for them, or if you have become a disabled person while working for them.

The duty may also apply after you have stopped working for an employer.

Reasonable adjustments may also be required in relation to occupational pension schemes. This is explained in occupational pension schemes.

Last updated: 21 Nov 2019

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