Rastafarianism is a philosophical belief protected by the religious discrimination regulations. This is an issue that has been debated in some quarters, but the EAT in a recent case accepted without question the employer's concession to this effect. (Harris v NKL Automotive, EAT) Employers will need to consider days off for Rastafarian festivals and whether and how to accommodate the practice of wearing hair in dreadlocks in appearance codes. Details of the festival dates and other practices are set out in Appendix 2 of the ACAS Guidance, available here.