UTA LEG Religious Expression at Work


On Mar. 1, UTA LEG issued bill protecting employee religious liberties.


  • UTA LEG issued bill HB 396 S01, concerning workplace discrimination amendments.
  • Addresses religious expression in workplace, requiring employer accommodations.
  • Amends UTA LEG 34A-5-112, on religious liberty protection, commitments in workplace - prohibition on employment actions against certain employee speech.
  • Employee Religious Accommodation
  • Prohibited an employer from compelling an employee to communicate/otherwise act in a manner employee believes would burden/offend their sincerely held religious beliefs.
  • Unless accommodating the employee would cause an undue burden to the employer.
  • By substantially interfering with the employer's core mission, ability to conduct business in financially reasonable manner; ability to provide training/safety instruction.
  • Provided a process for an employer to accommodate an employee's religious liberties.
  • Did not require employer of under 15 to grant employee scheduling accommodation.
  • Religiously Objectionable Expression
  • Define religiously objectionable expression as expression, action/inaction that burdens or offends a sincerely held religious belief, including dress and grooming obligations.
  • Also, speech, scheduling, prayer, abstention, including abstention related to healthcare.
  • Legislative History
  • On Jan. 26, 2024, bill was introduced in House; on Feb. 13, 2024, bill passed House.
  • On Feb. 14, 2024, bill was introduced in Senate; on Feb. 29, 2024, bill passed Senate.
  • On Mar. 1, 2024, bill returned to Senate; signed by speakers; enrolled draft prepared.
  • Effectiveness
  • If enacted, bill would take effect on May 1, 2024.
  • Mar. 2024 UTA LEG Reported Approval
  • On Mar. 19, 2024, UTA LEG reported governor approved HB 396, effective May 1, 2024

Regulators UTA LEG
Entity Types Corp
Reference Bill H.B. 396, 3/1/2024; Citation: UTA LEG 34A-5-112;
Functions Compliance; HR; Legal
Countries United States of America
Category
State
Products Corporate
Regions Am
Rule Type Final
Rule Date 3/1/2024
Effective Date 5/1/2024
Rule Id 203096
Linked to N/A
Reg. Last Update 3/19/2024
Report Section US Investment

Last substantive update on 03/22/2024