DOL Issues Religious Freedom Directive


In support of President Trump’s Executive Order 13798, “Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty,” the Secretary of Labor issued a directive to advance religious liberty protections in the Department of Labor’s daily operations.

Of relevance to certain employers, the directive instructs DOL agency heads to:

  • Verify DOL rules adhere to the First Amendment of the Constitution, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and other applicable Federal laws.
  • Assess consistency of new DOL documents and guidance with existing religious freedom protections.
  • Enforce all legal prohibitions against religious discrimination entrusted to the DOL.
  • Respect the full scope of legal religious exemptions, including the ministerial exception.