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of everyone affected by epilepsy


In this section

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. 

Work and epilepsy cover

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Epilepsy, employment and the law

  • UK laws that can help you in the workplace because you have epilepsy
  • Reasonable adjustments
  • Reasons why an employer might not employ you because you have epilepsy
  • Things you can do if you feel you are being treated unfairly at work
  • Taking legal action against someone who has treated you unfairly at work

Looking for work

  • Sources of help and support when looking for work
  • Applying for jobs

Telling people in the workplace about your epilepsy

  • Telling your employer about your epilepsy
  • When to tell your employer about your epilepsy
  • Telling people you work with about your epilepsy
  • Care plans for seizures in the workplace

Risk assessments

  • About risk assessments
  • Results of a risk assessment

Staying in work

  • Suggestions to help yourself
  • Other health issues at work
  • Getting to work

Sources of further advice and information

UK employment restrictions

Pay it forward

This resource is freely available as part of Epilepsy Action’s commitment to improving life for all those affected by epilepsy.

On average it costs £414 to produce an advice and information page – if you have valued using this resource, please text FUTURE to 70500 to donate £3 towards the cost of our future work. Terms and conditions. Thank you

We can provide references and information on the source material we use to write our epilepsy advice and information pages. Please contact our Epilepsy Helpline by email at helpline@epilepsy.org.uk.

Our thanks

Epilepsy Action would like to thank Epilepsy Action would like to thank Professor Sayeed Khan, Specialist in Occupational Medicine, Chief Medical Adviser to EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation and Judith Hogarth, Solicitor, Excello Law, for their contribution.

This information has been produced under the terms of The Information Standard.

  • Updated December 2013
    To be reviewed December 2016

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