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.
New research on appearance at work from Acas shows that employers may be out of touch with changing public attitudes to visible tattoos, body piercings and other developments.
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.
The requirement to speak English at work and dress codes at work are policy areas where employers should tread carefully to avoid discrimination. Deborah Bulman, a senior associate from Burges Salmon LLP, considers recent legal controversies and gives tips on drafting employment policies.
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.
With high temperatures possible during the summer months, we explore some employment law scenarios employers may have to deal with.
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.
The Advocate General has suggested that an employer cannot have a blanket ban on religious dress that prevents a Muslim woman from wearing an Islamic headscarf when in contact with clients.
Updated to include information on the Advocate General's opinion in Bougnaoui v Micropole Univers, on a ban on wearing an Islamic headscarf while working with clients.
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.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to employee dress codes.