Top 5 tips for preparing for Ramadan
|1. Try to avoid 'working lunches' as Muslims cannot participate|
|2. Consider enabling Muslims to work their lunch breaks in return for an earlier finish|
3. Don't expect participating Muslims to attend evening functions during Ramadan
|4. Remind colleagues not to place food and drink next to a fasting person's desk|
|5. Be prepared for people to take between one and three days holiday at the end of Ramadan to celebrate Eid.|
Ramadan begins this Saturday, and employers find themselves under increasing pressure to accommodate employees wishing to observe it.
Personnel Today and its paid-for sister product Xpert HR offer a wealth of relevant information and guidance, including legal requirements, best practice and useful suggestions.
While the UK remains nominally Christian, with the associated holidays, a growing number of people here belong to other faiths.
According to the most recent 2001 census, there are now 1.6 million Muslims in the UK, and roughly one-tenth of the population belongs to a religion other than Christianity.
So what should employers – and in particular, their HR teams – do to acknowledge and facilitate employees' religious beliefs? It's more than just a case of holidays – there are dietary requirements, clothing matters and even provision of prayer facilities to take into account.
Religion: Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
The issues around religion are incredibly diverse, as XpertHR's FAQ section on the subject shows. For instance:
Q Can an employer restrict a job to a person of a particular religion or belie