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Reasonable Adjustments request to wfh

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AndreaO
AndreaO Community member Posts: 1 Listener
Hi,
I have been off work since July 2022 with depression and anxiety due to work related stress.  Things have been deteriorating since this time last year.  I am on medication for this and also sleeping tablets as my sleep is disrupted.

  I have struggled to get work to complete the stress risk assessment which they are legally required to do, and we’re requested by OH twice to complete it but still failed to.

I am signed off work until March, but may be able to return with reasonable adjustments etc.

I also have chronic urticaria with spontaneous Angiodaema which OH have said would qualify as a disability.  I have to take medication twice daily to manage it and still have flare ups.

We are moving to working 3 days from home, 2 in the office.  The job can 100% be performed remotely.  No additional equipment is required.  I want to return to my post but am crippled with anxiety and panic attacks at the thought of having to go out, let alone make the commute and spend two days in an open office. I’m dreading it.

I want to request to work from home, permanently if possible.  I wfh throughout 2020/2021.  Has anyone else managed to negotiate wfh?  If so, are you willing to share how you did this please?  Wording etc.  

Can my employer refuse without good reason?

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  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi there 

    Yes an employer can refuse but only with a valid business reason

    I would put your request in writing stating that as you have a disability as recognised under the equality act you would like a reasonable adjustments to work from home 

    Detail how this would help your condition , how you will still be able to do the work and how it will affect your condition if not agreed 

    Hope this helps good luck 
  • RSISolutions
    RSISolutions Community member Posts: 130 Courageous
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    speak to Jacqueline Winstanley from Universal Inclusion for free for 30 minutes. 
  • abcdefghi
    abcdefghi Community member Posts: 3 Listener
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    Hello. I am having a similar problem. Been working at home since covid. Some of my colleagues still working from home. Beginning of last year I was told to return to office due to concerns. Asked if this could be discussed over teams etc. This was refused. My anxiety and stress etc had got worse since covid. Couldnt face leaving home in to work enviroment again. Ended up going on sick. Still on sick. Employers refused early concilliation through ACAS.  Had preliminary hearing for tribunal at beginning of this month. Tribunal is in April. My employer has also refused judicial mediation which judge recommended. Cant afford a solicitor. My sick money has stopped. Horrendous time. Dont know what i am going to do.
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