Professor Michael Helfand, "A New Case Before the Supreme Court Could Make Shabbat Observance Easier" -- Forward
Professor Michael A. Helfand's opinion article, "A New Case Before the Supreme Court Could Make Shabbat Observance Easier," is published in the Forward. The article considers the church-state case, Groff v. DeJoy.
Excerpt from "A New Case Before the Supreme Court Could Make Shabbat Observance Easier"
At the core of the case lies a conundrum that has plagued federal law for nearly half a century: How far must employers go when providing religious accommodations?
Until now, the court’s interpretation has required little of employers. Unsurprisingly, this position has long roiled, among other religious minorities, American Jews, who often find themselves seeking accommodation in the workplace for religious practices such as observance of Shabbat. In taking the case, the Supreme Court has signaled its willingness to revisit its widely-criticized interpretation of existing protections, providing optimism to religious employees hoping to navigate the competing demands of faith and work.
The complete article may be found at Forward