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Reasonable Accommodation in the Modern Workplace

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More and more the modern workplace faces challenges of diversity and employability. There is an increasingly insistent need to match workforce diversity, or workers' own characteristics and choices, with employers' organizational and business requirements. In this context, the notion of reasonable accommodation inevitably arises. Concepts such as 'adaptability' and 'employability' not only require workers to adapt to new labour market circumstances but are also directed towards employers' duties to accommodate work and the workplace to the worker's situation. This book is the first study to analyse, at a global scale, how employment discrimination law gives shape to an accommodated workplace in three main areas of interest: age, disability, and religion/belief.

Sixteen prominent labour and employment law scholars offer in-depth perspectives from Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Sweden, Russia, Israel, Canada, the United States, South Africa, and Australia. Each report fully integrates relevant legislation, case law, and legal doctrine and follows the same structure to allow easy comparisons across jurisdictions. Attention is also given to the roles of European Union law and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Issues and topics covered include the following:

  • - the scope of 'accommodation';
  • - 'reasonable' defined;
  • - recognized business requirements that may override the duty to accommodate;
  • - when employers' neutrality policies to avoid accusations of discrimination may constitute indirect discrimination;
  • - use of integration or re-integration strategies to accommodate disabled/incapable workers;
  • - use of 'exit gateways' that enable employers to avoid liability in cases of disability discrimination;
  • - when employers must take into account workers' family lives; and
  • - when an obligation to reclassify a worker exists.

These articles were originally presented as papers at the 2015 meeting of the International Association of Labour Law Journals hosted by the Institute for Labour Law of the University of Leuven.

Ultimately the book makes clear that reasonable accommodation cannot be narrowed down to a formal anti-discrimination perspective but requires an integrative logic that can grow in a broader labour law context. As a compelling analysis of whether the idea of reasonable accommodation is winning ground in labour law in today's world, this book will prove of immeasurable value to labour and employment lawyers and judges, as well as to corporate counsel and academics in the field.


  • ISBN: 9789041162717 |
  • Hardcover: 234 pages |
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business |
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  • Language: English |
  • Format: Ebook