CNA Staff, May 19, 2020 / 11:00 am
The Department of Labor (USDOL) issued new protections for federal employees and faith-based grant recipients last week, with religious freedom groups praising the move.
On Friday, Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia issued a directive that agency leaders should incorporate respect for religious freedom into the daily operations of the department.
The agency also clarified protections for faith-based organizations and religious non-profits applying for federal grants, emphasizing equal treatment for both religious and secular groups applying for grants.
Gregory S. Baylor, senior cousel for Alliance Defending Freedom, said the new guidance "affirms the value of religious liberty but goes one important step further to make these protections real and concrete."