Legal aspects of school board authority to accommodate religious observance by employees

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Joseph Wainwright Miller (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Joseph E. Bryson

Abstract: School boards and school administrators face a continuing problem today in making and implementing policy dealing with religious guarantees respecting reasonable accommodation for Sabbath observance and leaves of absence (both short and long term) for public school employees. The school boards have been placed in the same position as all employers in the American workplace by constitutional and legislative provisions. Since the founding days of America, the various states were left virtually free to legislate in areas respecting religion, until the 1940 Cantwell v. Connecticut decision held that the Fourteenth Amendment embraced all the liberties of the First Amendment. Thus the states were left in the same position as the Federal government in neither advancing nor promoting the practice of religious observance. Judicial decisions over the past two decades have strengthened the legal concept requiring public and private employers to accommodate the religious practices of their employees.

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Language: English
Date: 1985
Freedom of religion
Employee rights
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