In The Home Office v Collins, the Court of Appeal considered the obligation on employers to make reasonable adjustments in respect of a disabled employee following the end of their employment. Miss Collins had been absent for some time; the occupational health practitioner had stated she would be fit to return to work on a part-time basis within three to six months. She was subsequently dismissed on grounds of failed probation due to unsatisfactory attendance levels.

Miss Collins contended that the Home Office had failed in its duty to consider making reasonable adjustments by failing to consider part-time working as an adjustment. However, the Court of Appeal adopted a common sense approach in holding that it was reasonable for the Home Office not to consider part-time working as a reasonable adjustment until it knew when Miss Collins would be likely to return to work.

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