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  • Employment - Religious observance policy
    Religious observance policyOur policy explains how you will support employees who observe certain religious practices. Refusing to accommodate a request for time off for religious observance might amount to indirect religious discrimination, unless you can justify your decision. Equality Act 2010The Equality Act 2010 protects workers against direct and indirect discrimination on the grounds of any religion, religious belief or philosophical belief - and this can also include a lack of religion or a lack of belief....
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  • Employment - Letter rejecting time off for religious festival
    Letter rejecting time off for religious festivalUse our letter to reject an employee's request for special time off for a religious festival or holiday. Unless you contractually provide for time off work in this situation, you're within your rights to turn the request down, provided you act consistently across all of the religions. Our letter advises the employee to alternatively use their annual leave entitlement.No statutory rightUnless you've granted them a contractual right under the terms of a religious...
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  • Employment - English only policy
    English only policyIt's acceptable to have an English only policy which says that only English must be spoken in the workplace but it shouldn't extend to breaks, non-work duties and casual conversations. Our policy strikes a balance to enable you to meet your reasonable business and safety needs whilst still allowing staff to chat in their native tongue at certain times.Indirect discriminationWith UK workforces becoming increasingly diverse, it's inevitable that you'll employ workers of different nationalities....
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  • Employment - Political activity policy
    Political activity policyOur political activity policy establishes a code of conduct regarding employees' political activity in the workplace. It accepts employees have a right to hold political opinions and to engage in political activity outside work, but prohibits them from undertaking political activity at work and seeks to protect the business and its reputation in relation to what the employee does outside work.LegislationUnder the Human Rights Act 1998, everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience...
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