Acas issues new guidance on religion and faith


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Acas has issued new guidance on religion and belief. It gives an explanation of the law and contains practical guidance on a number of issues including:

  • Talking about religion at work
  • Food and fasting
  • Washing and changing room

The guidance highlights recruitment as a key area where employers should take care to ensure they avoid discrimination, especially related to:

  • Job adverts should be publicised widely and it is almost always better if employers don't mention religion in the posting
  • Training and development opportunities that help employees gain promotions should be organised so employees don't miss out due to religious observance
  • Opportunities for promotions where it will be discriminatory for an employer to discourage an employee from taking a promotion because of their religion

Acas has also published a "top ten myths" factsheet on religion or belief discrimination.

This article is taken from HR Law - June 2018.

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