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2011 XpertHR dress codes survey: defining acceptable work wear

We examine the content of formal, casual and relaxed dress codes and employer attitudes to religious headwear and accessories in this part of our report on the XpertHR dress codes survey. We also discover how employers are avoiding potential discrimination law pitfalls.

Key points

  • In the 2011 XpertHR dress codes survey, exactly half of the "smart casual" dress codes for male employees allow casual trousers and short-sleeved shirts without restrictions, 15% give free rein to the wearing of jeans and just 9% allow trainers.