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‘Religious’ Absences: Court Answers Employers’ Prayers for Clarity

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When an employee requests a medical leave, employers can rightfully ask for supportive documents from a doctor. But, what happens when the person requests a schedule change for religious reasons? You can't exactly ask for a note from the employee's higher power. One court recently ruled that as long as you properly dot your “i’s” and cross your “t’s," you can discipline employees for not showing up as scheduled ... even if they claim it's for religious reasons.

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