Post # 1
Things are getting busy at work and my boss sent out an email saying that we’d have to work the weekend, but the “good news” is that we don’t have to work on Sunday. Then he added, but I doubt that will be true for a couple weekends from now.
First of all, i work over 50 hours a week, so coming in on Saturday and Sunday sounds really extreme to me, even if it is only for a few weekends.
Secondly, it’s Sunday and not only do I have church, but it’s the Sabbath.
What do you think if I told my boss that I want to observe the day of rest and will not be coming in on a Sunday? Does that sound like a cop out?
Post # 3
@pamplemousse: Nope I don’t think it’s a cop out at all.
Post # 4
What type of work do you do? I can’t see that the work load is that extreme that you would have to work without a break. Would you get overtime? Does he plan on giving you a day off, or making you work 13 days straight? Its not a law that they have to observe holidays and/or religious days, but I would bring it up to him.
Post # 5
What do you do? I have to get into that line of work! lol. I’ve been out of work for a year!
Post # 6
I think it’s hard in a modern workplace to absolutely refuse to work on Sunday. However, I think you can compromise. Perhaps you can work one Sunday, and not the next. Or only one Sunday a month.
Post # 7
@pamplemousse: The problem for you is that tons of people who don’t regularly attend church or observe the sabbath will use it as a cop out to avoid having to do extra work. So, I actually think chances are pretty high that it will cross your boss’ mind. Especially if you are in a job where it is almost expected that you will work crazy hours. I used to work at an investment bank on wall street and we worked weekends all the time, no questions asked, because that’s what we knew we signed up for. But, that doesn’t mean you should be forced to work when it doesn’t match up with your religious beliefs. The good news is, that even if your boss thinks you are just “copping out” there is nothing he can do about it. You can’t get in trouble for refusing to compromise your religious beliefs.
Post # 8
It’s definitely fine, IMO. I just think that most people don’t bother to say anything, which is why your boss is assuming people don’t mind working on Sunday. We have a Jewish person in our office who leaves early on Friday and can’t ever work on Saturday. Even if we have mandatory meetings on Friday afternoon, he cannot attend. It’s not a big deal, and everyone understands.
Post # 9
I work in the finance department at a retail company and we have a bajillion deadlines this time of year. And i asked my boss about getting a day off in exchange for working on the weekend, and he literally said, well, i don’t get a day off and i always work on weekends from home. so no. We don’t get overtime either since it’s salaried.
i’ve already expressed that i don’t think i need to come in on a Sunday because i would work as long as i needed to on Saturday to finish my projects. so now if i use the Sabbath reason, he might wonder if it’s like a last resort or why i didn’t mention it sooner.
Post # 10
@MrsSl82be: If it is a “sincerely held religious belief” (I believe this is the actual wording), her employer must accomodate her requests, unless they can prove it would cause undue hardship. Otherwise, it’s discrimination. Here’s a link.
OP – Unless you actually don’t want to work Sundays because you are observing the Sabbath (and unless that’s your motivation and NOT because you just don’t want to put in more overtime), I would reiterate to your boss you prefer not to work Sundays and leave it at that. You could possibly opening up a huge can of worms and in the end, you could be required to work Sundays anyway, if they really needed your help.
Post # 11
You need to review both labor law and other legislation where you live. Are there no limits on how many hours per week you can be scheduled to work?
Here in Canada, employers cannot discriminate on the basis of religion, and some employees have won cases where they did not want to be scheduled to work on their holy days.
I do have to smile whenever I read discussions on this topic however. Most people have no problem with nurses, doctors, police, firefighters and for that matter retail clerks being scheduled to work Sundays. People expect to have all those services available on THEIR day off.
Post # 12
Has this ever happened before or is this the first time that you’ve been asked to come in on the weekend? If it is the first time, I would go to church early and then suck it up and go into work after Church. I would just make sure working on Sunday didn’t become a weekly thing. Sometimes, I have to work on weekends, which I hate, when I have a project deadline that needs to be met.
Post # 13
@pamplemousse: Saturday is a day that anyone who is Jewish would not be allowed to work. I think it’s totally valid to not be able to work on weekends for religious reasons.
Post # 14
thanks for the advice, everyone. i just had a quick chat with the boss and told him that i am happy to work on saturdays but that to me, sunday is an untouchable day. he sorta glossed over it and said something akin to “we’ll see.” but since we won’t know the workload until the week of, i guess i’ll see next month. i probably won’t resort to citing labor laws because i do still want to keep a genial relationship with my boss.
@crayfish: my boss is actually Jewish, but doesn’t appear to be a practicing Jew.
@julies1949: i totally respect doctors/nurses/policemen who have to work on saturday/sunday (God bless them!), but i’m sure they also get days off (even if during the week) and they probably don’t like being forced to work 12 days in a row either!
Post # 15
@pamplemousse: He said “we’ll see?” I’d tell him to shove it and as far as I’m concerned, Saturdays are off limits too!
Post # 16
i wouldn’t pull out religion unless that’s actually your intention.
i would demand comp time though!