It is the Policy of Seneca College that all employees shall work in an inclusive teaching, learning and working environment that respects and values the diversity of faith of our employees.
Recognizing the College's commitment to its students, it is understood that all requests for leave of absence required for religious observance will be considered and scheduled to minimize disruption to the academic programs, services and operational requirements of the College. The College will accommodate, wherever possible, absences for the purpose of religious observance.
The College will implement such measures as, but not limited to, rescheduling work hours, timetables, shifts, work schedules or assignments in order to permit the employee to fully participate in their religious observance without loss of pay. Where employees are covered by a Collective Agreement, the union will be involved.
This policy recognized that absences for religious observance are included in the Collective Agreements, Terms and Conditions of Employment for Administrative Staff and the Ontario Human Rights Code as a shared responsibility. As such, the College recognizes that the parties are obligated to consider all options, which may or may not be included in the Collective Agreements to accommodate an employee's leave for religious observances.
Requests for absences for the purpose of religious observances, with or without pay, will be approved for those days identified by the Ontario Public Service's List of Religious Holy Days and/or in circumstances where the employee demonstrates the sincerity of the practice or belief, having a nexus to religion, honestly held, and objectively or subjectively obligatory or customary.