Ramadan Mubarak!

Ramadan (Muslim fasting month) begins on Saturday 2 April, depending on the sighting of the new moon. Although our hybrid flexible working arrangements may have benefits for colleagues taking part in Ramadan, it can provide some new challenges. We ask that Muslim staff consider the following:

  • Breaks – Ensure you are taking regular breaks from work, for rest and reflection – perhaps around salaah (prayer) times
  • Timings – Shorter nights may mean less time for sleep due to additional night prayer. So if you need to, start your day later so that you can finish later and have some down time prior to iftar (breaking of your fast). Please discuss this with your line manager
  • Let others know – Give your line manager and colleagues advance notice that you will be fasting, and any flexibility you may require to observe fasting without any difficulties
  • Share – Share Ramadan with colleagues by having a conversation or sharing what you’re doing for it (maybe cooking, learning, or charity)
  • Duties – Be mindful of your workplace duties and cooperate with your line manager and team members by having regular communications
  • Help – Talk to your line manager, other Muslim colleagues in the CCG, HR or our Senior Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager if you need any help.

We ask managers to be mindful that Muslim employees who are fasting may request to take their lunch break at a later time in the day to suit their fasting, depending on their work timings. Managers must not refuse such requests unless it conflicts with legitimate business needs, which they are unable to meet in any other ways. However, if they are unable to objectively justify such a refusal, this could amount to unlawful indirect discrimination.

Line managers can find full guidance here.

If you need any further help and advice, then please contact Emdad Haque, Senior Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, NCL CCG: Emdad.haque@nhs.net

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