We are often asked by employers whether an employer is under a duty to help rehabilitate a disabled employee in order to bring them back to work.

In Croft Vets Limited v Butcher, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that the employer was under a duty to finance sessions with a psychologist and a psychiatrist. The EAT held that financing those sessions would be a"reasonable adjustment" for the purposes of sections 20 and 21 Equality Act 2010. This is despite the physiatrist confirming that the treatment might not be successful and that there was a possibility that Mrs Butcher would never be fit to return to work.

This decision is widely regarded as having extended the boundaries of reasonable adjustments to a considerable extent and employers who are seeking to bring a disabled employee back into the work place following a spell of absence need to consider the implications of this case very carefully.



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