• Sylvaine LAULOM:
    Religion at work: European Perspectives

    The articles published in this issue present the situation in the United Kingdom, Belgium, France, Romania, Sweden and Germany. This introduction draws a comparison between these national situations even if the European influence is intensifying.

  • Lucy VICKERS:
    Religious Freedom in the UK workplace: Promoting Diversity at Work

    In the UK the Equality Act 2010 provides protection against discrimination on grounds of religion or belief at work. In this article the author will consider the ways in which freedom of religion and belief is protected in the workplace in the UK.

  • Florence FOUVET:
    Expressions of religious faith in companies
    Consequences of the judgments of the Court of Justice of the European Union for France

    To fully understand the "French sequel" to the judgments of the CJEU, it is important to return to the context from which the judgment of 22 November 2017 emerged (I). Upon this backdrop, it will be possible to deliver a critical analysis (II) of the various points of the findings of the Court of Cassation, which authorizes the employer to interfere with the employee's freedom of religion, provided that the employer invokes the correct provisions.

  • Fabienne KÉFER:
    Religion at work. The Belgian experience

    The Belgian context was brought under the limelight in the Achbita v G4S Secure Solutions case, the first reference for a preliminary ruling on this subject brought before the CJEU, which was then followed, a month or so later by a question from France in the Bougnaoui v Micropole Universe case. First, the author will discuss adjustments to the work schedule for religious reasons; next, turn to conscientious objections, concluding with the thorny question of wearing religious symbols or clothing.

  • Felicia ROSIORU:
    Religion at Work in Romania - between Silence and Tolerance

    A brief analysis of the context (1) and of the legal framework, recognizing the right to identity and the freedom of consciousness (2) appears to be important. An overview of religious expression in the public sphere and at the workplace (3) will show the limited existing debate in Romania for the moment being.

  • Judith BROCKMANN:
    Occupational requirements within Churches or religious organisations in Germany

    The aim of this paper is to analyse the ongoing discussion in German national labour law and constitutional law, in order to allow a deeper understanding of how the two decisions taken by the CJEU challenge the German conception of the application of labour law by churches or religious communities and its judicial control.

  • Jenny Julén VOTINIUS:
    Headscarves, Handshakes, and Plastic Underarm Covers
    Recent developments on religion in working life in Sweden

    Sweden is a highly secular country, sometimes referred to as the least religious country in the Western world. Until recently, questions relating to religion in working life has not caused much debate. However, in the last few years, the area has gained increased attention. Against the background of the legislation on freedom of religion and the ban against religious discrimination in national Swedish law, this article discusses recent case law within the field.


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