Ethical Employment Practices

In most modern societies, the work a person does often shapes self image, social standing and financial status. Jewish history reflects our work experience as slaves, our liberation from slavery and, more recently, our immigrant experience, often working for sweatshop bosses. Our history also reflects our transition from employee to employer. Given the centrality of work throughout Jewish history, our sacred texts and Rabbinic teaching expend significant energy on establishing a set of expectations and laws designed to create a balance between the rights of employers and employees. Within that unique relationship, both sides have obligations and expectations of the other. For example, employers are required to pay workers promptly and employees are required to work diligently and with integrity.

The materials we offer reach into that well of Jewish tradition to assist kehillot in framing relationships with their employees.

One document includes a discussion of the ethical guidelines that reflect the core values of Conservative Judaism in the workplace arena; this is suggested reading for kehilla leadership. The guide to ethical employment practices is available for download here.

The other document is a template for creating a kehilla employee manual to help a kehilla design a workable employee handbook which educates employees of kehilla employment policies. It is designed as a template so each kehilla can customize it appropriately. To receive the employee handbook template, contact your KRM.

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