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Equality Act FAQ

Here you’ll find answers to some of the common questions asked about the equality act.

Visit the Equality & Diversity category for more information on this subject.

I have a condition that will require some reasonable adjustments in the office. What are the next steps?

Speak to your line manager in the first instance to discuss concerns. The Council also has a Tailored Adjustment Protocol to allow for discussion and record of reasonable adjustments agreed with the line manager. Copies of this protocol are available from the Equalities Development Officer – Audrey Cameron.

I have a staff member who is covered by the Equality Act. While I realise that they need time off for medical appointments, they seem to be setting appointments in a way that maximises their time out of the office. What can I do about this?

The Equality Act places a duty on employers to allow employees covered by the Act to take time off to attend medical appointments. Where possible, the employee should be encouraged to set these appointments for the start or end of the working day. If the manager has any concerns, they should speak to the employee in the first instance.

I have a degenerative condition and am concerned my reasonable adjustments no longer fit my need. What else can be done for me?

Speak to your line manager in the first instance to discuss concerns. The Council also has a Tailored Adjustment Protocol to allow for discussion and record of reasonable adjustments agreed with the line manager. Copies of this protocol are available from the Equalities Development Officer – Audrey Cameron.

I have suffered a serious and life changing illness and am struggling to cope in the workplace. Can someone help me?

Speak to your line manager in the first instance. Your manager will discuss potential referrals to occupational health and any adjustments that may be required.

If following the above process, you require further information, please contact Employee Relations.

Updated on 12th November 2019

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