Work and epilepsy

The information in this section is about looking for and staying in work if you have epilepsy. There is also information about your rights if things at work become difficult because of your epilepsy.


Looking for work

  • What type of work can I do?
  • Am I considered disabled if I have epilepsy?
  • Can a I be asked questions about my health before I'm offered a job?
  • Help in looking for work

Telling people at work about my epilepsy

If and when to tell your employer and colleagues about your epilepsy

Care plans, risk assessments and reasonable adjustments

  • Care plans for seizures at work
  • Health and safety risk assessments
  • Reasonable adjustments
  • People with epilepsy talk about their reasonable adjustments

Problems at work

  • What can I do if I have been treated unfairly at work?
  • How do I take legal action against someone who has treated me unfairly at work?
  • Staying in work

Sick pay and sick leave

  • Am I entitled to sick pay and sick leave?
  • Can my employer count disability-related absence as sick absence?
  • Am I allowed time off for medical appointments?

Useful organisations

Epilepsy in the workplace – a TUC guide


Epilepsy Action would like to thank Liam Kinealy, solicitor at Spencer’s Solicitors for his contribution to this information.

Liam Kinealy has declared no conflict of interest.

This information has been produced under the terms of Epilepsy Action's information quality standards.

  • Updated December 2020
    To be reviewed December 2023

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