Every year Muslims all around the world observe fasting for 29 or 30 days. Ramadan is on the ninth month of the Islamic calendar which means the exact dates of Ramadan change every year. In 2021, it is expected that Ramadan will begin on 12th or 13th April 2021 and will end on 11th or 12th May 2021. Muslims can follow different Muslim countries so there can be variation by a day.
The Employment Rights Act 1996 states that every employee has the statutory right to ask to work flexibly after 26 week’s employment service. It is preferable that pre-agreed arrangements are made between the employer and Muslim employee with regards to flexible shift patterns in the month of Ramadan:
- people may prefer to start later in the morning and finish later
- or they may prefer to start earlier and finish earlier
- talk to your employee about their preferences