CNA Staff, Dec 8, 2020 / 10:00 am
The Labor Department (DOL) finalized a rule on Monday that allows faith-based government contractors to make employment decisions based on their religious beliefs.
The rule clarifies existing protections for faith-based contractors that date back to the Johnson era. It allows them to hire only people of a certain faith without regard to an anti-discrimination requirement of the government.
Exempt contractors can also make employment decisions based on an employee's "acceptance of or adherence to religious tenets."
The final rule retains most of the proposed rule, with some alterations regarding the scope of the religious exemption, DOL said.