We have a permanent full time employee out on sick leave. The organisation's Occupational Health Doctor's opinion is that this employee will be fit to return to work on a permanent part time 3 day week. Do we have to implement this recommendation even though the job is permanent full time (5 days a week)?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 3 April 2012

This question need to be considered in light of the requirements of the Employment Equality Acts 1998-2011 which provide that an employer must take appropriate measures to enable a person with a disability to perform his or her duties, unless the measures impose a disproportionate burden on the employer. This duty would require an employer to consider an adjustment to working hours, for example a reduction in hours, whether on a temporary or permanent basis, or an alternative working pattern (as per the recommendation of organisation’s occupational heath consultant in this case).

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