Religious Accommodation by Employers in the COVID-19 Era

Thursday 10:20 – 11:20am

Session Description

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many employers have instituted policies – such as mandatory vaccinations or required face coverings – in order to protect their workforce from infection. Some employees’ have religious objections to some of these policies. This presentation is designed to help employers understand their obligations to provide accommodations for such employees under federal and Kansas law and about how to avoid religious discrimination claims.

Learning Objectives

  1. Attendees will gain insight into an employer’s obligation to provide religious accommodations
  2. Attendees will learn about legal issues to consider when providing religious accommodations
  3. Attendees will learn how to update their employment policies accordingly


Jim Spencer

Mr. Spencer offers practical insights that help his business clients better manage their workplaces with respect to employment law, executive compensation, and employee benefits matters. James advises business clients on federal and state laws affecting employers and executive compensation, including FMLA, ADA, FLSA, USERRA, GINA, ERISA and Sections 409A, 280G, and 457 of the Internal Revenue Code. He also drafts and provides counsel regarding employee handbooks and policies, executive contracts of employment, nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements, long-term incentive plans, severance plans and agreements, retention plans and vendor agreements for employee benefit plans.