Everyone has the right to freedom of religion, which includes the right to express religious belief through practice, worship and observance. Employers should ensure that employees are not discriminated against or prevented from practising their religion during rest periods at the workplace (that is, at times that do not interfere with the safe conduct of the employee’s work). Businesses should create a safe and respectful workplace that allows employees to practise and maintain their cultural, spiritual and religious traditions.
Different religions have different practices around worship and prayer, and some religions may require frequent practice throughout the day. Employers should accommodate these practices by not restricting employees from practising their religion during rest periods. No employee should be discriminated against on the basis of their religion, and businesses should provide training regarding diversity and inclusion in the workplace for all employees.
Sometimes there may be religious holidays and events that are not recognized as public holidays in the relevant country, and therefore employees may require leave from work or flexible arrangements to accommodate adherence to their faith at these times. Employers should enable employees to use leave entitlements to take time off work and/or agree to more flexible working arrangements so that all employees can observe religious traditions.