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SFA Annual Subscription 2015
SFA National Small Business Awards 2015 Winners
St Patrick's Day Public Holiday and Easter Holidays 2015
SFA Submission to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation on Low Pay and the Living Wage
SFA meets Public Accounts Committee on Public Procurement
Intertrade Ireland Funding for Growth Service
The Importance of a Paper Trail in Employment Situations
New Internship Scheme Launched
National Workplace Wellbeing Day - 27th March 2015
Rehabilitation and Return to Work
SFA Webinar – Succession Planning
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Rehabilitation and Return to Work

In recent times, the SFA has taken a good few queries from members on the topic of facilitating an employee who has been off from work due to a long term illness or injury that has caused a disability.Under the Employment Equality Acts 1998 – 2011 employers are obliged to take appropriate measures – ‘reasonable accommodation’ – (unless the costs of doing so are disproportionate) in facilitating an employees return.  Some examples of accommodating a disability are:

  • A talking lift with tactile floor buttons.
  • Adjustable-height desks.
  • A hands-free phone set.
  • Later start and finish times.
  • Organising the distribution of work tasks in a team

A phased return may be agreed upon for a period of time to integrate the employee back into the working environment to ease the transition period back.  The SFA have a guideline that can be download by clicking here on this subject.

Members who have queries on this should contact a member of the SFA Team on Tel: 01 605 1664/1668.