Unions launch passport to support disabled people in work

The TUC and the GMB union have launched a new disability passport to help disabled people, who find themselves out of work or switch employers, access support they need.

The TUC and the GMB have produced a ‘reasonable adjustments’ employer agreement for reps to agree with their employer, and a ‘reasonable adjustments’ template passport to capture what adjustments have been put in place to eliminate barriers in the workplace.

These adjustments could include: providing specially adapted equipment (like a chair, desk or computer), temporarily changing the duties of the job, changing break times or working patterns, or allowing flexible working or time off for medical appointments.

Once the adjustments are agreed, the passport is signed by all parties. The document can be reviewed at regular intervals meaning disabled people will not have to explain their requirements every time their line manager changes, or they change roles at their employer.

With one in 10 (390,820) disabled people dropping out of work and just one in seven (555,190) finding a new job every year, the TUC and the GMB say it is vital to find a more successful and unified way of agreeing and recording what modifications need to be put in place.

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