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Accommodating the Religious Practices of Employees and Students in the Post Secondary School (EDU651T)

Presented by: James P. Evans
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Get Needed Guidance on Accommodating the Religious Practices & Beliefs of Students and Employees in Your Institution.

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Samantha Elauf, who was denied a job at a clothing retailer because she wore a headscarf in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores Inc. (Case No. 14-86). This case has been closely monitored by education and government groups as it brings to the forefront the growing role of religious-discrimination claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Given this recent and significant development of federal case law concerning an employer's obligation to accommodate an employee's religious practices, this webinar is timely and will provide prescient and needed guidance concerning the obligation to accommodate the religious practices and customs of employees and students in your institution.

This webinar by expert speaker James P. Evans will assist educational institutions in understanding the scope of their obligation to accommodate the religious beliefs and practices of their employees and students, and it will enable the leadership of post-secondary schools to ensure compliance with this obligation, while appreciating its limits. You will understand the scope of the obligation, compliance pitfalls, and be equipped to develop and evaluate institutional policy concerning this obligation, in a measured and reasonable manner.

James will also assist you in developing educational and in-service programs for institutional leadership. He will review the scope of this obligation and advise proper compliance measures, as well as provide a review of recent developments regarding this important legal issue.

Session Highlights:

  • What is the scope of a post secondary school's obligation to accommodate particular religious practices or customs of an employee or student?
  • How does this obligation vary between public and private educational institutions?
  • What are the common pitfalls regarding compliance with this obligation and how can my school avoid them?
  • Under what circumstances can a school deny a request for a religious accommodation?
  • Must the school do anything in particular when denying a request for a religious accommodation by a student or employee?
  • What key components should a school policy concerning religious accommodations contain?
  • How can the school manage liability risk arising out of requests for accommodation of religious practices?

What You Get:

  • A functional knowledge of the scope of the obligation to accommodate religious practices of employees and students.
  • A clear understanding of when a request for a religious accommodation must be honored and under what circumstances a request may be denied.
  • Identification of the key components a school's policy concerning religious accommodations should contain.
  • An understanding of the ability of individual instructors to deny a request to accommodate a particular religious practice.
  • A clear understanding of the potential liability in the event of a failure to accommodate a reasonable religious practice.
  • A review of red flags and common pitfalls concerning compliance with the obligation to provide religious accommodations.
  • The ability to obtain guidance regarding specific matters involving, and ask questions concerning, issues pertaining to the accommodation of religious practices and customs.

Who should attend

  • Post-secondary school deans, administrators, managers, department chairs, bargaining unit representatives, and instructors.
  • Post secondary school risk management officers.
  • EEOC officers and compliance managers of post-secondary schools.
  • State and local investigators responsible to investigate claims of religious harassment/discrimination.
  • Attorneys representing post-secondary schools, their students, or religious organizations that have relations with them.
  • HR Professionals
About Our Speaker(s)

James P. Evans | Educational Law SpeakerJames P. Evans
James P. Evans has significant experience advising and representing educational institutions, including public and private elementary and secondary schools and postsecondary institutions.  As a Partner with Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, he provides educational institutions with advice and representation on issues inclu... More info

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