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Reasonable accommodation for disabled people in employment contexts

30 March 2016 | Georgia Wood

A report on ‘EU Network of Experts in Non-Discrimination and Equality Law’ has been prepared by Professor Anna Lawson, Director of the Centre for Disability Studies at the School of Law and Dr Delia Ferri from the Department of Law at Maynooth University, Republic of Ireland.

The report provides a legal analysis of the EU Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway on the basis of country reports provided by the European network of legal experts in gender equality and non-discrimination.

‘This report focuses on reasonable accommodation duties for disabled people1 in employment. It also addresses the link between reasonable accommodation and accessibility and considers other legal requirements that may be used to enhance the accessibility of workplaces. Legal developments at UN and EU level are examined, together with developments in 31 countries (the 28 EU Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway). The report draws on a range of different sources. However, information about developments within the 31 countries included in this study is derived primarily from a series of country specific reports compiled by the national expert members of the European network of legal experts in gender equality and non-discrimination.

Two legal instruments are used to provide the evaluative framework for this study – the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Employment Equality Directive. The CRPD has been ratified by the EU and 26 of the countries in this study. It requires parties to it to prohibit discrimination and treats a failure to provide reasonable accommodation as a form of discrimination.’

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