Holiday roads have different routes

Ontario decisions prompt employers to provide additional time off to non-Christian workers to celebrate their religious holidays

One of the big questions facing employers in 2017 is how far to go in accommodating the religious practices of religious minorities in the workplace. As an employer, do you have to give Muslims time off work, several times a day, to perform their prayers, as all observant Muslims are encouraged to do in the Qur’an? Can your Jewish employees insist on providing paid days off for Hannukah, and then working on Christmas or Easter? Such is the  dilemma now facing HR managers across Canada, just as the country seeks to intregrate into its workforce some 25,000 Syrian refugees, most of them Muslims.

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