Skip to main content

Policies

Go Search
Home
  
Policies > Wiki Pages > Religious Accommodation  

Religious Accommodation

Title

ACCOMODATIONS FOR RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCES

Department

HUMAN RESOURCES

Policy

 

 

The University recognizes that individual employees may on occasion have personal preference with regard to their religious needs which, according to both federal and state laws, must be reasonably accommodated by an employer. 

Reasonable Accommodation

 

 

 

“Reasonable accommodation” means such accommodation to the employee’s religious needs “as shall not cause undue hardship in the conduct of the employer’s business.”  Undue hardship includes situations where the employee's presence is necessary to the orderly transaction of the employer's business and the work cannot be performed by another employee of similar qualifications, or no such employee is available; situations where the employee's presence is required because of an emergency; and situations where such accommodation would result in significant added cost to the employer.

Process for Requesting Accommodation

Accommodation requests should be made in writing with reasonable notice of intention to be absent to observe, as a requirement of his or her religion, the Sabbath or any other Holy Day that falls on a workday.  Employees are not paid for such absence, although they may use accrued personal or vacation time in order to preserve their income.  Alternatively, the supervisor may consider a plan which allows the employee to make up the time by working an equivalent amount of time without incurring overtime costs.

Approved by

 

Approval Date

 

Revised Date

August 12, 2013

 

 

 

Last modified at 8/15/2013 10:32 AM  by Hoxha, Anisa