Religion and belief
Did you know that a belief in climate change can be a 'philosophical' belief under the Equality Act?
ACAS has issued some helpful new guidance on how to reduce religion and belief discrimination in the workplace. The guide offers practical advice about the four main areas of discrimination – direct and indirect discrimination, harassment and victimisation. It then gives working examples of religion and belief discrimination in those categories. The guide also offers advice on how to avoid problems and deal with them if they arise.
Employers are responsible for the actions of their employees when they are in work. You can protect your business by educating your whole workforce about acceptable behaviour. The guide looks at recruitment, dress codes and time off for religious reasons where discrimination can often occur. It also gives practical tips on how to make sure your business does not fall foul of the law.