This week, ACAS issued new guidance about employee dress codes which employers might find useful. The key principles laid down in the guidance include:
- Employers must avoid unlawful discrimination in a dress code policy (for example religious dress should be approached sensitively)
- Employers may use a dress code policy for health and safety reasons
- Dress codes must ensure equality between men and women. However it is noted that there may be different requirements applicable to each
- Employers must make reasonable adjustments for disabled people
When drafting a dress code policy, employers are encouraged to fully consider the reasoning behind the policy. ACAS also recommend consulting with employees about it in some cases. Having a clearly drafted policy can avoid inconsistent practices being applied across a business.
The ACAS guidance can be viewed here.