Monday, 25 February 2013

Legal Guidance from the EHRC

Equality and Human Rights Commission launches new guidance on religion and belief in the workplace

Symbols representing various religions
http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/
"The Commission has published new guidance to help employers and employees deal with the expression of religion or belief at work. The guidance follows the European Court of Human Rights judgment in four cases about religious rights in the workplace, one of which found that an employee suffered a breach of her right to religious freedom for being told not to wear a cross at work. However, the fact that this judgment could be overturned on appeal and it could take time for domestic courts to re-interpret existing domestic law, has the potential to cause confusion. The Commission has therefore produced straightforward, expert guidance to clarify the law."

Employer Guidance and Legal Explanation can be downloaded in both (pdf and Word format) from

http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/advice-and-guidance/guidance-for-employers/religion-or-belief-new-guidance-february-2013/

There are also some really helpful Employer Questions and Answers at the end of the page. Press the title to expand.

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