Deeply Held Religious Beliefs Further Protected in Utah

Utah has recently passed HB 396, which restricts employers from requiring employees to partake in actions or communications that conflict with their deeply held religious beliefs, while outlining a framework for accommodating such religious liberties, except under specific conditions.

The bill defines “religiously objectionable expression” as expression, action, or inaction that burdens or offends a sincerely held religious belief, including dress and grooming requirements, speech, scheduling, prayer, and abstention, including abstentions relating to healthcare.

The law prevents employers from forcing employees to express or act in ways against their strong religious beliefs, unless such accommodation significantly hinders the employer’s operations.

This bill takes effect on May 1, 2024.