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  • Are talented employees with tattoos being overlooked?

    Date:
    23 September 2016

    Although some employers are adopting a more flexible approach to dress codes, latest Acas research shows that tattoos and piercings are still "frowned upon" in many parts of the services sector.

  • When dress codes and English language requirements discriminate

    Date:
    19 September 2016

    A strict requirement to speak only English at work or a ban on religious dress at work can lead to the risk of race or religious discrimination, explains Deborah Bulman of Burges Salmon LLP.

  • Summer and the workplace: are you prepared?

    Date:
    20 July 2016

    With temperatures in the UK reaching 30 degrees this week, employers can expect to deal with issues around workplace temperatures, holiday requests and dress codes.

  • Advocate General opinion: blanket ban on Muslim headscarves is unlawful

    Date:
    15 July 2016

    The Advocate General's opinion in Bougnaoui and another v Micropole Univers is that a complete ban on Muslim women wearing a hijab while in contact with customers or clients is discriminatory.

  • Hijab-wearing employee dismissed under "neutral" dress code

    Date:
    16 June 2016

    Does the dismissal of a hijab-wearing Muslim employee by an employer with a policy of religious and ideological neutrality constitute direct and/or indirect religious discrimination, and can any indirect discrimination be justified? Consultant editor Darren Newman examines a recent controversial Advocate General's opinion.

  • Euro 2016

    Date:
    13 June 2016

    The 2016 UEFA European championships kicked off on 10 June, with matches scheduled to take place over the next month.

  • Advocate General opinion: "neutral" employers can ban Muslim headscarves

    Date:
    3 June 2016

    The Advocate General's controversial opinion in Achbita and another v G4S Secure Solutions NV is that organisations that adopt a policy of religious and political neutrality can ban Muslim women from wearing a hijab at work.

  • Should enforcing the wearing of high heels in the workplace be banned?

    Date:
    13 May 2016

    A receptionist who has claimed she was victimised at work for wearing flat shoes has launched a petition sparked a debate about the legality of enforcing female employees to wear high heels.

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