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Commencing on 5 May 2019, Ramadan is an important part of the Islamic faith involving a period of fasting during daylight hours. We recommend you consider how these commitments could affect workplace performance and how you can support Muslim employees during this time.

Abstaining from eating or drinking during daylight hours can take its toll physically and staff may benefit from temporary flexible working arrangements, if at all possible, such as a change in shift patterns, to ensure they can perform at their best. Please ask us if you need a letter to confirm a temporary arrangement.

In addition staff may have asked to use their annual leave during Ramadan and you can expect them to follow the normal procedures laid down in your holiday policy.

If you so wish you can have a policy on time off relating to religion or belief which can outline your approach to supporting staff during Ramadan, as well as any other similar event in the future.