Personal appearance and behaviour

Anderson Sarah Editor's message: The personal appearance of employees when at work is something that can be covered by a dress and appearance policy.

However, employers should carefully consider whether or not it is appropriate to adapt their dress code to accommodate employees whose cultural or religious needs make it difficult for them to comply with the dress code. Failure to do this could give rise to unlawful discrimination.

Managing employees' behaviour at work can be a challenging task for line managers. Putting in place policies setting out what is expected of employees in the workplace can help to ensure that employees behave in an appropriate and professional manner at work.

Sarah Anderson, employment law editor

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