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.