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Disability in Employment FAQs

What is a disability?

In an employment context, disability can be defined as a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long term adverse effect on a person's ability to carry out their normal day-to-day activities.

What can an employer do to help?

An employer can make reasonable adjustments to either the workplace, workstation or working environment to help a person with a disability to cope. The Jersey Employment Trust has published a useful  guide  for employers.

What is a reasonable adjustment?

A' reasonable' adjustment is any step(s) that it is reasonable to have to take in all the circumstances. These adjustments should ensure that employment arrangements or premises do not put a person with a disability at a disadvantage in comparison to a non-disabled person.

For example things that may have a bearing would be the financial cost of the adjustment, the resources of the employer and the practicability of the adjustment.

When does discrimination occur?

When an employer treats a person with a disability less favourably than he treats other people and this treatment cannot be justified. Please note, disability is not currently a protected characteristic under the Discrimination (Jersey) Law 2013, but will be introduced on 1 September 2018.

Where can you get more information?

In Jersey there are a number of organisations that can provide advice, for example :-

Eyecan 864689
Dyslexia Jersey 741941
Jersey Epilepsy Association 0800 735 4121
Hearing Resource Centre 623030 fax 623031
MIND Jersey 0800 7359404
ME/CFS Support 287005
Jersey Schizophrenia Fellowship 0800 735 9404

Aug 2018


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