This Week's Featured Possibility Maximizer: Christmas Edition
Merry Christmas! I hope this Holiday season is a blessed one for you, your family, and your organization!
I'd like to take a different approach to this week's Possibility Maximizer. I rarely address employment laws and regulations on this blog, however, I couldn't help but thinking about the issue as today is one of the most celebrated religious holidays in our country. Indeed, it is hard for me to think of any organizations that are open for business today with the exception of perhaps gas stations and convenience stores.
While America is a predominantly Christian country and culture, there are people from nearly every recognized faith that live in our communities and contribute to the productivity of our society. Without a doubt this is one of the things that makes the United States one of the greatest countries in the world.
However, all the religious diversity that we enjoy can create a few navigation "hazards" in the workplace for human resource and employment law practitioners. These problems can be amplified even greater in small organizations that don't have the luxury of having an in-house legal department or even an in-house HR department.
With this in mind, I'd like to point you to a few resources that address the issue of religious equality in the workplace. This list is by no means exhaustive, but should provide you a good starting point to help you bone up on the various religious laws and regulations that impact your organization.
Title VII, Civil Rights Act of 1964
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Equal Employment Opportunity FAQs
Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)
US Department of Labor (DOL)
2010 Religious Holiday Calendar
Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2010!