Dress codes: Key points for employers

Today is the hottest day of the year. With that in mind we set out the key points that employers should be aware of affecting dress code for employees.

  • Dress codes will be affected by the nature and requirements of the business, for example health and safety hazards, uniform requirements and the level of client contact.
  • Employers must avoid unlawful discrimination including discrimination on the grounds of sex, religion and disability.
  • The rules should not be more stringent for either men or women, although it is possible to have different rules for each.
  • Employees should be permitted to wear clothing that manifests religious faith. Employers will need to have an objective justification for banning such items and ensure they are not indirectly discriminating against these employees. Our advice to employers is to think about how they can work with employees to allow them to manifest their faith in a way that does not conflict with the needs of the business or health and safety requirements, rather than providing a very strict and limiting dress code.
  • Reasonable adjustments must be made for disabled people when dress codes are in place.
  • Consultation with employees over dress codes can help to ensure that the code is acceptable to employer and employees. The dress code should be communicated to everyone.

If you have any questions, please contact Sejal Raja.


Disclaimer

This briefing is for guidance purposes only. RadcliffesLeBrasseur accepts no responsibility or liability whatsoever for any action taken or not taken in relation to this note and recommends that appropriate legal advice be taken having regard to a client's own particular circumstances.