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Reasonable adjustments

laurenc Community member Posts: 2 Listener
edited January 2023 in Work and employment
Hi, I have psoriatic arthritis which has been less controlled over the last 4-5 months. I have been flaring and feeling exhausted. 
I requested to change my working days to work 4 days instead of 5. This was given the ok and then 3 weeks later before the changes had been made my work changed their minds. My rhymatologist nurse said they were happy to write a letter saying that they recommended the change to my hours and I asked my manger if that could be taken into consideration and they said no they wouldn’t change my hours. I have asked if they will be able to help at all and they have refused. 
I have considered leaving my job as I have been constantly flaring and really struggling. However part of me thinks this seems so unfair. 
Does anyone have any advice
mamy thanks 


  • woodbine
    woodbine Community member Posts: 11,927 Disability Gamechanger
    @laurenc hi and a warm welcome to scope and our forum. Have you asked your employer why they can't make the R.A ?

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  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome to the community 

    They should inform you in writing why the can't put the change in place with a valid business reason why it isn't possible 

    You can then appeal that decision detail what benefits it will give you eg increased productivity,  less time off work , pain levels etc and also hoe you propose to complete the work without disruption

    You could also suggest condensed hours if that's a possibility 

    There is lots info on here in the employment section regarding reasonable adjustments 
  • laurenc
    laurenc Community member Posts: 2 Listener
    Thank you for your responses. I had actually asked for compressed hours. I was told the reason they had changed their minds was they have decided they need me in the office everyday. As there are only 2 people who do my job. When I asked is there anything you can do, I could drop some hours so they could employ someone else or even if I could just do this every over week I was told this would not be possible. When I said but there are already 2 months a year when there is only 1 person in due to holidays they person I work with told me she needed to be selfish and she needs me to be there to help if the workload gets too much for her. 
    I feel like I have no choice but to leave 
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi again 

    Of course you can leave but that could leave you without work for quite some time and obviously I don't know your circumstances 

    I would still appeal stating under the equality act your request is reasonable and you think there refusal is not a valid reason and due to your health you will have no alternative but to leave the role if a compromise cannot be made 
  • Cher_Alumni
    Cher_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,741 Disability Gamechanger

    Hi @laurenc and a warm welcome to our online community, how are you doing?

    I'm sorry you've come up against resistance from your employers around implementing some reasonable adjustments. I'd encourage you to read 
    Scope's If your employer rejects your adjustments or is not doing enough advice page on the next steps to take. 

    In the meantime, I've moved your thread to our Work and employment category and it would be great for you to keep us posted with how you get on.

    Good luck and have a lovely weekend.

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