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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. 

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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

Epilepsy in the workplace – a TUC guide

Sources of further advice and information

UK employment restrictions

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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.
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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

Comments: read the 2 comments or add yours

Comments

hi,
I have epilepsy for almost 8 years. everything was under control and was fit free for nearly 2 year until i had really stressfull time at work and had to step down from my possition. I still work in the same company and since october had 20 occasions (31 days) sickness.
I made everyone aware that i am trying to do everything to make it go away (sleeping pattern, no stress ) i had a meeting with my manager today that i will face a disciplinary meeting if i have any more abcens in the future. this puts me under more pressure now and feel like i cant have a life, they will also stop paying for my absence which means i wont be able to pay my mortgage and for life. what can i do?please help

Submitted by michael henley on

Dear Michael

That does sound like a very stressful situation. And it’s such a difficult cycle when the stress is a trigger for your seizures.

Best employment practice is, once an employer knows that you have epilepsy, for them to record any sickness as a result of your ‘disability’ separate from other sickness.

Unfortunately this isn’t something that actually happens very often.

Here is all our information about work. And the procedure that your employer should have followed.

Because you have epilepsy you are covered by the Equality Act. If your employer knows you have epilepsy, they have to do a risk assessment. If any risks are identified, they then need to consider any possible reasonable adjustments. Sometimes people ask for their sickness due to their epilepsy to be recorded separately as a reasonable adjustment.

If you think your employer is not behaving fairly, the first thing to do is to look at the terms and conditions of your contract. This will give you information about how to take out a grievance procedure.

For more information about employment rights, contact ACAS. For more information about possible disability discrimination, contact the Equality Advisory Support Service. We also have links to other useful sources of information and advice.

ACAS will be the best place to check whether your employer is actually allowed to stop your sick pay. And they should also be able to tell you about any other sickness benefit you might then be entitled to. Turn2Us is an organisation which can help with specifically with benefits advice.

I really hope this information helps you get to a better place with your employer. But If we can be of any more help, please feel free to contact us again, either by email or the Epilepsy Helpline freephone 0808 800 5050.

Cherry
Epilepsy Action Advice and Information Team

Submitted by Cherry@Epilepsy... on