World accommodating religion
"It's not possible to declare areas of life, like business or education or health care, as areas where religion is banished by the government." The federal circuit courts are split on the question, which means the U. Supreme Court will eventually have to determine whether religious freedom extends to the operations of a secular corporation.
Meantime, Dubensky predicts companies will continue take a proactive approach to addressing the religious needs of their employees.
Thompson had been searching for new employment for about a year.
After his interview with Franciscan Health System, a series of events — from the job offer to selling his old house in Utah to moving his expectant wife and 3-year-old son into another home in Washington — took place so quickly and smoothly that he is now certain prayers were answered and divine intervention was at play.
A recent study by social scientists at Brandeis University showed faith is a powerful influence on the choices religious people make about their occupations, as well as to where they live, who they marry and how many children they have.
"We know that faith is important to us as business owners.
So, if it's important to us, it’s important to our employees." Free exercise rights Hercules is one of nearly 30 companies that have sued the government over the Affordable Care Act's mandate to provide their employees contraceptive coverage.
"Faith probably did play a part in realizing it was a better fit," Thompson said reflecting on the change.
"Here, they treat you as a whole person and not just as an employee." But religious affiliates aren't the only organizations that consider all aspects of an employee's life, including the spiritual. So you acknowledge that and allow your employees the freedom to participate in whatever activities their faith might require," Newland said."People who place a high premium on religion are going to factor religion into their decision-making and choice of jobs," said Emily Sigalow, an author of the study published in the June 2012 issue of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.