(a) The Council reaffirms its intent that the objectives of the Affirmative Action
in District Government Employment Act, as amended (D.C. Code, § 1-521.01) be carried out.
(b) The Council and each agency shall make reasonable accommodations for the free
exercise of religion by its employees, and may adjust work schedules unless such adjustment
would result in a substantial disruption of District business.
(c) If an employee's religious beliefs require the employee to take time off from
work during certain periods of the workday or workweek, the employee may elect to
make up the time off, rather than to charge the time off to leave, in accordance with
the procedures established under subsections (d) and (e) of this section.
(d) An employee who makes an election pursuant to subsection (c) of this section shall,
if the need to take time off is foreseeable, request an adjustment of his or her work
schedule and obtain supervisory approval of the adjustment at least 10 days before
taking time off from work. A request to adjust a work schedule may be disapproved if it is demonstrated that
the adjustment would clearly interfere with the efficient conduct of the activities
of the entity of the District government for which the employee works.
(e) Notice of an employee's opportunity to obtain a religious accommodation shall
be provided to the employee at the time the employee accepts appointment with the
(f) Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit the use of other forms of
leave authorized by the District government or to require a supervisor to allow an
employee the opportunity to work more than 40 hours in a given week to make up for
the time taken off for the religious accommodation.
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