Establish a workplace dress code

Key points

  • An employer may wish to establish a dress code to ensure that all employees understand what standards are appropriate when it comes to their appearance, and to protect the image of the organisation.
  • The employer should consider whether or not it is appropriate to adapt the rules to accommodate employees whose cultural or religious needs make it difficult for them to comply with the rules.
  • The employer should take into account the need to be able to justify any rules on dress or appearance that might be indirectly discriminatory, for example on grounds of sex or religion or belief.

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