It is a common misconception that people who have to cope with a disability, are difficult to employ and pose more challenges than other employees.
In reality, many disabled persons are not only eager and motivated to work, but also are able to work in a normal work environment with only minor adjustments required. Töötukassa helps employers to give persons with a disability the same chances as other employees or jobseekers. We do this through measures that aim to remove the specific obstacles, brought forth by the disability.
The services listed below are available for you in relation to persons you newly hire, as well as to persons who are already in your employment.
Adaptation of the workplace
In many cases, persons with a disability find it difficult to function in a working environment that is made for people who can move about freely. An obvious example is the challenge stairs pose to a wheel-chair user, but there are many different ways in which seemingly small things can pose huge obstacles.
Fortunately, the majority of these impediments can be taken away by making fairly minor adjustments – a ramp, for example, or installing a desk on the ground-floor level. Töötukassa helps you make these adjustments, by offering advice and financial support. Employers can receive compensation for all or a part of the cost incurred for the adjustment. In return, we ask a commitment towards the employee, in the form of an open-end employment contract. Should the employment relation end within three years after our intervention, you will be held to pay back the support you have received.
Special aids and equipment
Töötukassa can make special equipment available, if it is needed for the employee to do his or her job properly. Equipment that is needed for all employees (regardless of having a disability or not) and equipment that the individual would need to cope with everyday life and that is not needed specifically for the job at hand, are not provided for.
Assistance in job interviews
Getting to, and through, a job interview is often the first hurdle. Jobseekers may receive assistance to communicate with you during job interviews.
Working with a support person
Some people need help and direction in order to integrate in the workplace, beyond what you as an employer can offer in the framework of your normal on-the-job training. Töötukassa provides for the possibility to offer that extra support, by paying for the cost of a support person. This support person can guide a disabled employee more intensively, and help establish the necessary routines. The wage cost for a support person is partially compensated for, for up to one year.
If you are interested in these possibilities, please contact a case manager in any local Töötukassa office.