Specialising in HR, we’re often asked by our clients to help across a number of HR related areas, from gross misconduct to dress code queries. Many of these questions are relevant for all businesses and industries across the UK, so to help you, we’ve created our Q&A section to help businesses understand HR and how they can tackle any problems that may arise.
I run a care home and one of our employees, a Hindu nurse, has offered to say prayers for a patient. Should I allow her to do so?
As long as the nurse discusses the issue with you and you agree in advance, and as long as the patient decides that she would like the prayers to be said for her (she may gain some comfort from them), then the nurse can go ahead with the prayers.
The position would be different if an employee, of whatever religious faith, decided unilaterally to say prayers to a patient. Permission is required from you and the patient, who might not share these beliefs and feels uncomfortable about prayer.
In general, individuals have the right to manifest their religious beliefs so long as it did not impinge on the rights of others.