Duty to Accommodate

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Definition - What does Duty to Accommodate mean?

A duty to accommodate is a guideline forged as a means for employers to give job prospects a chance to meet the nature of the job without posing undue hardship to the company. To employers, a duty to accommodate is a benefit-to-risk ratio in the workplace where some employees may feel they need resources to help them perform their jobs.

SureHire explains Duty to Accommodate

A duty to accommodate is a blanket approach to gauge the extent by which an employee with designated needs can pose a health and safety risk, barring undue hardship, to streamline the job they must do. An employer must pre-emptively weigh all factors to help level the charge with a duty to accommodate to breed a climate of fairness inside the workplace.


For example, a disabled employee might have a physical impairment that prevents them from doing their job safely. All business sectors carry health and safety risks that are loosely applied based on the situation that can vary between candidates that take on a new job. A duty to accommodate follows a tiered structure where the job role has a standard that a person must fulfill. A job description outlines the duties made in good faith with an inclusive duty to accommodate new hires, boosted by human rights laws, to optimize their job skills. Since the duty to accommodate can often present nuanced rules for each case across different lines of work, a rapport between employees and employers can help avoid discrimination.

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