Ramadan and Eid – Employer Considerations

Ramadan and Eid – Employer Considerations

This year sees the start of Ramadan’s religious observance on for 30 days from 6th June. Ramadan it is a dedicated time in the Muslim calendar to focus on spirituality during which they cannot consume food between the sun rising and falling each day.

Most people continue to work during Ramadan but may experience having less energy, feeling tired and finding it harder to concentrate.

It is the duty of UK employers to comply with the Equality Act 2010 – by ensuring that the working environment is set up in such a way that no-one is put at a disadvantage because of their religion or beliefs.

If companies do not treat employees who are observing Ramadan in the same way as other staff they may risk claims of discrimination. Employers should respond to Ramadan in a sensitive manner and ensure behaviour around people taking part is considered.

Ramadan is also a good opportunity to promote wider understanding of employee beliefs during this time.

Things for employers to consider:

  • Take the time to communicate with the whole staff team that their colleagues will be taking part in Ramadan and exactly what their involvement means
  • If possible, offer flexible working hours and consider the work duties of someone observing Ramadan
  • Arrange meetings or training in the morning when energy levels will be higher
  • Be sensitive when it’s time for lunch or tea breaks

Eid celebrations take place at the end of Ramadan. Muslim workers are likely to book annual leave during Eid because it’s a time to be with loved ones and friends, where gifts and well wishes are generally exchanged.

The Lawson-West Employment team are available to discuss any concerns surrounding the observation of religious festivals. Ashley Hunt and Carrie-Ann Randall can be contacted on 01858 445 480, Vaishali Thakerar and Alex Reid can be contacted on 0116 212 1000.

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