Dress Codes

There are a whole host of reasons as to why you might want to have a dress code in place – such as health and safety, hygiene and company image.

The amount of detail in any dress code will vary from business to business, depending on factors such as health and safety hazards in the workplace and the level of staff contact with customers and clients.

While you may have legitimate reasons for imposing a dress code, remember that an unreasonably restrictive dress code can give rise to a risk of unfair dismissal and discrimination claims where either: (i) you want to dismiss an employee for failing to follow the dress code; or (ii) an employee objects to the dress code, or feel unable to comply with its demands and subsequently resign.

This section examines reasons for having a dress code, and common pitfalls with each.

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