IBA Annual Conference Sydney 2017

8 Oct - 13 Oct 2017

Room C4.2, Convention Centre, Level 4

Session information

Accommodating religious and political beliefs and practices in the workplace: the very changing landscape

Tuesday 10 October (1115 - 1230)

Room C4.2, Convention Centre, Level 4


Diversity and Equality Law Committee (Lead)


In most jurisdictions, employers are not allowed to discriminate against employees or candidates based on their religious or political beliefs. There are, however, major differences in the legal position when it comes to the requirement to accommodate employees’ religious beliefs and practices in the workplace. In this session, we will address topics such as: • How are religious and political freedom defined? • What are the limitations on political discussion in the workplace? • How does the current legal position affect dress codes and the ability to express one’s faith? • What are the limitations in what the employer can ask for or refuse to do? • What is the impact of a number of precedent-setting EU court decisions?

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

Karine Audouze Watson Farley & Williams LLP, Paris, France; Secretary, Diversity and Equality Law Committee
Ronnie Neville Mason Hayes & Curran, Dublin, Ireland; Co-Chair, Disability Rights Working Group


Luc Deshaies Gowling WLG, Montréal, Québec, Canada
Yvonne Frederiksen LL.M. Norrbom Vinding, Copenhagen, Denmark
Ashley Herd Modern Luxury Media, Balmain, New South Wales, Australia
Professor Gillian D Triggs University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia