Accommodating employees religious beliefs

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Undue hardship means more than cost or burden on the operation of CBP.

Note that this is a lower standard to meet than undue hardship under the Rehabilitation Act, which is defined in that statute as "significant difficulty or expense."CBP Employee: Employees seeking a religious accommodation must submit their request through their immediate supervisor.

Employer-employee cooperation and flexibility are key to the search for a reasonable religious accommodation.

Of course, the mere existence of a seniority system or CBA does not relieve CBP of the duty to attempt reasonable accommodation of its employees’ religious practices; the question is whether an accommodation can be provided without violating the seniority system or CBA.

Often the agency can allow co-workers to volunteer to substitute or swap shifts as an accommodation to address a scheduling need without violating a seniority system or CBA.

Members may download one copy of our sample forms and templates for your personal use within your organization.

Please note that all such forms and policies should be reviewed by your legal counsel for compliance with applicable law, and should be modified to suit your organization’s culture, industry, and practices.

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