(THE JEWISH CHRONICLE) — The Department for Work and Pensions has issued special “Shabbat” guidelines to ensure observant Jews are not denied benefit for refusing to work on Saturdays.
An internal memo entitled The Jewish Sabbath, seen by the JC, has been distributed to Jobcentres across the country.
It tells staff that the laws and customs of the “Jewish holy day” include “resting from work.”
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The move follows a string of cases in which Jobcentre managers in Manchester refused to grant job seekers allowance to Jews, who, they said, had no “reasonable prospects” of getting work while maintaining their religious Shabbat observance.