Can employers require all employees to wear a uniform?

Employers can require all employees to wear a uniform, but some flexibility is needed to avoid unlawful discrimination. Whether it is necessary for all employees to wear a uniform should be considered. It may be necessary only for those employees who are in contact with customers, clients or members of the public, or for those employees who represent the employer externally or promote its image or branding. Alternatively, there may be health and safety reasons for wearing a uniform.

Employers should adopt a dress code that outlines the standards of dress required, and states any requirement to wear a uniform. The needs of certain groups of employees must be considered. For example, some women are required by their religion to cover their legs or heads. A pregnant employee may be unable to wear the uniform in the later stages of her pregnancy. The uniform should be modified or waived in these circumstances.