What do we mean by Religion & Beliefs?

Religion and beliefs refer to an individual’s personal faith, belief, or philosophical outlook, which can impact their cultural identity, values, and practices. It is protected by law and prohibits discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief in the workplace.

What is the Law on Religion & Beliefs when it comes to recruitment and careers?

In the UK, it is illegal for an employer to discriminate against an individual on the grounds of their religion or belief during the recruitment and careers process. This includes direct discrimination, such as refusing to hire someone based on their religion or belief, as well as indirect discrimination, such as requiring all employees to work on a particular day that may conflict with certain religious practices.

Under the Equality Act 2010, employers are also required to make reasonable adjustments for employees who require accommodations due to their religion or belief. This may include providing flexible working arrangements, allowing time off for religious observance, or providing prayer or meditation rooms.

Furthermore, employers are required to ensure that their workplace policies and practices do not create an environment that is hostile or intolerant towards employees’ religious beliefs. This includes ensuring that all employees are treated with respect and dignity, regardless of their religion or belief, and that no one is subjected to harassment or discrimination because of their beliefs.

Employers should also be aware of the potential for unconscious bias when recruiting and managing employees. They should take steps to ensure that their recruitment and career development processes are fair and inclusive, and that employees are not disadvantaged due to their religion or belief.

Overall, employers must be aware of and comply with the UK’s anti-discrimination laws when it comes to religion and belief in the workplace. By creating a positive and inclusive environment that values the diversity of its employees’ beliefs, employers can foster a strong and productive workforce.

Key organisations & resources

Calendar events

Rama Navami

Rama Navami is a Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Rama, the seventh avatar of the god Vishnu, observed with devotional readings, temple rituals, and cultural performances.

Passover

Passover is a Jewish holiday commemorating the Israelites’ liberation from Egyptian slavery and their exodus led by Moses, celebrated with a ritual meal called the Seder and the avoidance of leavened foods.

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National Day for Staff Networks

The National Day for Staff Networks is the world’s only nationwide day dedicated to recognising networks/resource groups and the incredible value they add to the workplace.

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Buddha Day

Buddha Day, also known as Vesak or Wesak, commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and death of Gautama Buddha, observed by Buddhists with prayer, meditation, and various ceremonial events.

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Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month

Through celebration, education and raising awareness, Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month helps to tackle prejudice, challenge myths and to amplify the voices of Gypsies, Roma and Travellers in wider society.

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Shavuot (Pentecost)

Shavuot is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai and is celebrated with religious observances, studying of scriptures, and eating dairy foods.

Guru Arjan Dev Martyrdom Day

Guru Arjan Dev’s martyrdom day commemorates the day when the fifth Sikh Guru was tortured and executed by the Mughal emperor Jahangir, marking a pivotal event in Sikh history and strengthening the community’s resolve.

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Eid-ul-Adha

Eid al-Adha is the second and the largest of the two main holidays celebrated in Islam.

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South Asian Heritage Month

South Asian Heritage Month celebrates the culture, history, and achievements of South Asian communities, aiming to promote understanding and appreciation of their diverse contributions to society.

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Islamic New Year (Al-Hijra)

Al-Hijra marks the Islamic New Year, commemorating the migration (Hijra) of Prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Medina in 622 CE.

Develop:Brighton

The Develop:Brighton conference has something for everyone – 10 tracks covering every discipline of game making, including free Roundtables and Indie BootCamp. It’s main focus is practical take-away and vocational content giving you the chance to “skill-up” and do what you do even better.

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Develop:Star Awards

Taking place on the evening of Wednesday 10 July during Develop:Brighton, the Develop:Star Awards 2024 will recognise the very best games and talent within the industry with categories that enable studios of every size to shine.

Ashura

Ashura is a significant religious observance for both Sunni and Shia Muslims, marking the tenth day of Muharram; Sunnis commemorate it as a day of atonement, while Shias mourn the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad, at the Battle of Karbala.

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Asalha Puja (Sharma Day)

Asalha Puja is a Theravada Buddhist festival that commemorates the Buddha’s first sermon and the inception of the Buddhist sangha (monastic community), observed with meditation, chanting, and religious ceremonies.

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Fast of Tisha B’av

Tisha B’Av is a solemn Jewish fast day commemorating the destruction of both the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem, as well as other tragedies in Jewish history, observed with fasting, prayer, and the reading of the Book of Lamentations.

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Krishna Janmashtami

Krishna Janmashtami celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna, an avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu, with devotional singing, fasting, re-enactments of episodes from Krishna’s life, and visits to temples.

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National Inclusion Week

Founded by Inclusive Employers, National Inclusion Week (NIW) is a week dedicated to celebrating inclusion and taking action to create inclusive workplaces.

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Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah, often referred to as the Jewish New Year, is a two-day celebration marking the beginning of the High Holy Days, characterized by introspection, prayer, and the blowing of the shofar (a ram’s horn).

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Navaratri

Navaratri is a nine-night Hindu festival dedicated to the goddess Durga, celebrated with fasting, dancing, and devotional practices, culminating in the festival of Dussehra on the tenth day.

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Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, observed with fasting, intensive prayer, and reflection, seeking forgiveness for sins and reconciliation with God.

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Diwali

Diwali, often called the “Festival of Lights,” is a major Hindu festival celebrating the victory of light over darkness and good over evil, marked by illuminating homes with lamps, exchanging gifts, feasting, and offering prayers to deities, especially Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity.

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Islamophobia Awareness Month

Islamophobia Awareness Month (IAM) is a campaign founded in 2012 by a group of Muslim organisations. It aims to showcase the positive contributions of Muslims as well as raise awareness of Islamophobia in society.

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Birthday of Guru Nanak

The birthday of Guru Nanak, also known as Guru Nanak Jayanti or Gurpurab, celebrates the birth of the founder of Sikhism, observed with hymns, prayers, and processions, and is one of the most sacred festivals in Sikh tradition.

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International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery marks the date of the adoption, by the General Assembly, of the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others (resolution 317(IV) of 2 December 1949).

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Human Rights Day

In the decades since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, human rights have become more recognised and more guaranteed across the globe.

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Christmas Day

Christmas Day celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ and is widely observed with religious ceremonies, gift-giving, festive meals, and decorations, serving as a central holiday in the Christian calendar.

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