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Keep on workers who develop disabilities, says the RNIB

Retaining disabled staff enables employers to continue to benefit from their skills and experience, while at the same time helping the employee themselves to remain financially independent and professionally productive. It also means that employers can avoid the cost of redundancy or long-term sickness pay, as well as the expense of recruiting and training new staff.

Figures from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) show that as many as 92% of those who left employment due to a disability or illness felt that they could have remained in work had reasonable adjustments been offered to them.

Acas offers an equality and diversity advisory service to help employers implement vocational rehabilitation and proactive employment retention policies. Acas experts can also help assess the specific needs of disabled employees and advise on making reasonable adjustments and how to comply with disability legislation.

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