How can you accommodate Eid-al-Fitr festival in your business?

Eid-al-Fitr is an important Islamic holiday for Muslim communities across the United Kingdom. This event involves many Muslims waking up early and praying either at an outdoor prayer ground or a mosque. People dress in their finest clothes and adorn their homes with lights and decoration. Old wrongs are forgiven and money is given to the poor. The celebration may take up to three days. This year Eid-al-Fitr started on 6 July 2016.

Eid-al-Fitr is not a bank holiday in the United Kingdom however, many businesses and organisation may agree to alter their employees' working hours during this time. There is no right that guarantees employee time off to attend religious events, but it is a good practice for employers to accommodate such requests from all employees of different religions where possible. We advised our clients to keep the requirements of their business in mind and balance any special requests against this. Discussing those special religious requirements with the employee in advance and planning ahead is likely to minimise the impact of such requests. Finally, we recommend adopting set of policies and procedures setting out clear guidelines for religious observance and leave arrangement in the work place during religious festivals and enforce fairly and equally among all employees.

If you need further details on the above or a policy that provides guidelines for religious observance call us now on 0208 741 9883