Disability Leave

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Disability Leave Disability leave is time off from work for a reason related to someone’s disability. It is a type of ‘reasonable adjustment’ which disabled workers are entitled under the Equality Act 2010. This factsheet tells you why disability leave is important to your branch; how to organise around it; and how to negotiate a good disability leave agreement. Disability issues have been on branch agendas for some time and employers may welcome an approach from UNISON representatives to jointly agree policies for disabled workers. The second half of this factsheet is a briefing on disability leave which you can share with your employer. A) What has disability leave got to do with my branch? One person in five of…show more content…
If you do not already have a good disability policy, this may be an important opportunity to request disability awareness training for managers and union reps. Even disabled members may not be aware that they qualify for protection under the Equality Act 2010, or that they are ‘disabled’ according to the Act’s definition of a disabled person. Knowledge can be power, so publicise disabled people’s rights. But remember that the most important thing is to use the process to develop activists and your organisation, recruit new members and promote UNISON. Then the branch will be in a stronger state for its next campaign. D) Organisers and Negotiators Checklist 1. Set up a Working Group 2. Confidentially map or survey your disabled members 3. Consult with UNISON members, UNISON bodies and external organisations 4. Make your claim, using the business case 5. Agree a disability leave policy, or a wider disability policy 6. Agree a time-scale for implementation 7. Publicise the result and recruit non-members 8. Tell your UNISON regional disabled members’ group and send a copy to UNISON’s Bargaining Support Group at bsg@unison.co.uk. 9. Encourage new activists to become reps and/or join the branch committee 10. Ensure the working group monitors the policy E) Key Negotiating Points The model
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