Equality Act 2004

Amendment of section 16.

9.—Section 16 (nature and extent of employer's duties in certain cases) of the Act of 1998 is amended—

(a) by the substitution of the following subsection for subsection (3):

“(3) (a) For the purposes of this Act a person who has a disability is fully competent to undertake, and fully capable of undertaking, any duties if the person would be so fully competent and capable on reasonable accommodation (in this subsection referred to as ‘appropriate measures’) being provided by the person's employer.

(b) The employer shall take appropriate measures, where needed in a particular case, to enable a person who has a disability—

(i) to have access to employment,

(ii) to participate or advance in employment, or

(iii) to undergo training,

unless the measures would impose a disproportionate burden on the employer.

(c) In determining whether the measures would impose such a burden account shall be taken, in particular, of—

(i) the financial and other costs entailed,

(ii) the scale and financial resources of the employer's business, and

(iii) the possibility of obtaining public funding or other assistance.”,


(b) in subsection (4), by deleting the definition of “providing”, by substituting “body.” for “body;” in paragraph (c) of the definition of “employer” and by inserting the following definition:

“‘appropriate measures’, in relation to a person with a disability—

(a) means effective and practical measures, where needed in a particular case, to adapt the employer's place of business to the disability concerned,

(b) without prejudice to the generality of paragraph (a), includes the adaptation of premises and equipment, patterns of working time, distribution of tasks or the provision of training or integration resources, but

(c) does not include any treatment, facility or thing that the person might ordinarily or reasonably provide for himself or herself;”.