Law & Ethics Concerning Religion in Workplace Mindfulness Programs

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Professor Brown discusses why it is important for individuals to consider the legal and ethical implications of Mindfulness Programs in the workplace and in schools. First, she tackles the question, is mindfulness is a religion? And then, what is religion? Brown believes that programs in the workplace or in schools should be both opt-in and transparent about Buddhist roots. Additionally, she explains the rights of employees with regard to a report from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that states that mindfulness programs cannot be mandatory at work. From the At Work 2019 Summit.

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Such an important topic! 100% support opt-in worksite wellness programming and transparency when it comes to mindfulness.

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I also agree with this statement . Even though I found the presentation to be off base in some ways as well.

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Mo let DR Brown run all over him. Especially when he suggested that he completely agreed. He failed to ask her if she had any beliefs that might bias her, Science itself has developed under the influence of culture and religious belief.Being an atheist is still a belief system as well.  Certainly ethics and psychology are guilty of developing out of religious traditions..Contemplative practice is also evident in all traditions. So no ethics, no evolution, and certainly no mindfulness ?  This was pretty disappointing from someone who wants to be a leader of any sort , but in mindfulness  ? I feel that these practices can be taught in a totally secular fashion and education should still address the hard problems . 

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