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Category: Equality in the workplace, Religious beliefs, Faith
This September we’re talking about multi-faith representation in the workplace. Your employees have legally protected practices and observances, are you doing enough to actively facilitate their legal rights?
There are both national and European frameworks to consider in this, including the Employment Equality Framework Directive 2000. These regulations insisted company management teams implement fair hiring and combat discrimination in the workplace. That includes, sexual orientation, religious belief, or disability. Discrimination, in any form, is illegal.
You also need to consider the implications of TheHuman Rights Act 1998. This protects and enshrines religious belief as a human right. And means employees have the right to hold a belief and the right to practice a belief in the workplace. The Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulationsand the GB Equality Act 2010go even further. Protected rights are time for religious observance, dietary requirements, modesty, and prayer.
So how do we manage this? Diversity and equality can’t just be skin deep. Having diversity of belief, and non-belief, in the workplace is central to demonstrating that you value your employees, regardless of the legality of discrimination. And it is a recognition that belief, or non-belief, can support an employee’s wellbeing, and the work they do. Here are our tips for dealing with faith differences in the workplace:
History is full of examples of cultures and economies that were enriched by open dialogue and exchange between religions and societies. That Spiced Latte you’ve welcomed back into your life this autumn is a several thousand year old conversation between cultures. In a globally interlinked economy, we must embrace difference. We have legal obligations to do so.
At VERCIDA, we believe in the right to bring your whole self to work. We champion the right to religious freedom. And we combat discrimination through the work that we do and the solutions we bring to the table. Find out more about us here.