(a) The Council reaffirms its intent that the objectives of the Affirmative Action in District Government Employment Act, as amended (D.C. Code, § 1- 521.01) be carried out.
(b) Each agency shall make reasonable accommodations for the free exercise of religion by its employees, and may adjust work schedules unless such adjustment would result in a substantial disruption of District business.
(c) If an employee's religious beliefs require the employee to take time off from work during certain periods of the workday or workweek, the employee may elect to make up the time off, rather than to charge the time off to leave, in accordance with the procedures established under subsections (d) and (e) of this section.
(d) An employee who makes an election pursuant to subsection (c) of this section shall, if the need to take time off is foreseeable, request an adjustment of his or her work schedule and obtain supervisory approval of the adjustment at least 10 days before taking time off from work. A request to adjust a work schedule may be disapproved if it is demonstrated that the adjustment would clearly interfere with the efficient conduct of the activities of the entity of the District government for which the employee works.
(e) Notice of an employee's opportunity to obtain a religious accommodation shall be provided to the employee at the time the employee accepts appointment with the District government.
(f) Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit the use of other forms of leave authorized by the District government or to require a supervisor to allow an employee the opportunity to work more than 40 hours in a given week to make up for the time taken off for the religious accommodation.
(Mar. 3, 1979, D.C. Law 2-139, § 701, 25 DCR 5740; Mar. 2, 1991, D.C. Law 8-193, § 2, 37 DCR 6728.)
1981 Ed., § 1-607.1.
1973 Ed., § 1-337.1.
Legislative History of Laws
For legislative history of D.C. Law 2-139, see Historical and Statutory Notes following § 1-601.01.
Law 8-193 was introduced in Council and assigned Bill No. 8-384, which was referred to the Committee on Housing and Economic Development. The Bill was adopted on first and second readings on September 25, 1990, and October 9, 1990, respectively. Signed by the Mayor on October 17, 1990, it was assigned Act No. 8-256 and transmitted to both Houses of Congress for its review.