This information is for anyone with axial spondyloarthritis (axial SpA) including people with ankylosing spondylitis (AS)
NASS have a guide to managing your axial SpA at work
If you live in the UK you can order your free copy by email or call us on 020 8741 1515.
The guide includes information on your rights at work, simple ways you can manage your axial SpA (AS) in the workplace and how your employer can support you.
Are you protected by the Equality Act?
You will be covered by the Equality Act 2010 if you have a physical or mental health condition:
- Which has a substantial adverse effect upon you
- Which is long-term
- Which affects your ability to carry out your usual daily activities (they do not need to be work related but activities you normally carry out on a regular basis during the day)
If you are covered by the Equality Act it means your employer must make reasonable adjustments to support you at work. If you are not considered to have a disability according to the Equality Act definition, it is still good practice for your employer to make reasonable attempts to adapt to your needs.
Help and support
ACAS provide up to date information, independent advice and can help you and your employer solve problems
Access to Work can help pay for practical support so you can do your job
Citizens Advice provide free, independent and confidential advice and a range of up to date information
Equality and Human Rights Commission provides advice and information