Should HR Rename, Reallocate Holiday Time Off to Be More Inclusive?

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

David Barron, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, was quoted in SHRM about holiday time off at companies. Several HR professionals wrote that changing holiday names was, indeed, going overboard. Barron agrees with them. "It is unnecessary and counterproductive to rename a work holiday to avoid references to religious dates," Barron said. "Designating Dec. 25 as a 'winter holiday' on the company calendar won't pacify those offended by religious holidays and will likely stir up consternation amongst Christian employees. It just creates a potential conflict point, with very little benefit to the company."

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