What reasonable adjustments could an employer consider if it employs a member of staff with a disability that fluctuates?
An employer should consider adjustments in all cases where a disability may be present. Effective management of a condition that fluctuates, for example multiple sclerosis, is often difficult. The employer could explore with the individual ways of adjusting his or her working practices, to take account of the fact that on some days he or she will be more productive than on others. The employer might consider looking at output based on a month rather than on a daily or weekly basis, for the purpose of targets and bonuses. The employee might have more energy at certain times of the day and therefore be more productive at these times, so working patterns could be adjusted so that the individual attends work when his or her energy levels are greatest. If the individual could work from home on occasion, the parties could agree the balance between office and home working times. The parties should explore together how best to help the employee and keep records of the decisions reached.