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Masterclass: How to handle religion in the workplace

There are several simple steps businesses can take to support employees with religious beliefs

People belong to a wealth of religions and hold various beliefs in the UK, and workplaces have a duty to recognise and support this. It needn’t be a difficult thing to achieve.

We know that, legally, an employer must never directly discriminate against an employee on the grounds of religion, but indirect discrimination on the basis of religion can arise from various requirements, such as dress or appearance codes; for example, not being able to have a beard or wear a headscarf in the workplace. Employers making such requests must be able to justify them with a clear business case, such as a health or safety risk.

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April 16, 2018

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