Auxiliary aids and reasonable adjustments: a reminder from the EAT

A recent decision from the Employment Appeal Tribunal in relation to the third requirement (relating to auxiliary aids) compromised in the duty to make reasonable adjustments in the Equality Act 2010 may provide charity employers with a useful reminder of the existence of this requirement. 

The first two requirements - triggered by the application of a provision criterion or practice (PCP) and the physical features of premises respectively - are relatively familiar to many employers. 

The third requirement is not encountered so frequently, and to some extent may overlap with the first requirement (that is, the provision of an auxiliary aid may be a reasonable adjustment where a PCP puts a disabled person at a particular disadvantage), possibly with the result that this can lead to the third requirement being overlooked as a free-standing requirement.

For more on the duty in relation to auxiliary aids, head over to our sister blog, hr law live.


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