Recent controversy over a new uniform for Virgin Trains' female staff highlights the potential problems faced by employers who want to enforce a staff dress code. Solicitors Kate Morley and Kerstie Skeaping look at recent case law surrounding dress code More...21 May 2013 09:19
McDonald’s has unveiled its new staff uniform, designed by Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway. The designs will make their debut at McDonald's restaurants at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and will then be rolled out to McDonald’s 87,500 emplo More...20 June 2012 16:50
Summer is approaching, and I don't want a repeat of last year, when my office looked like a beach party. I've decided to implement a dress code policy. Are there any legal issues I need to be aware of, and what should I include in the policy? As the More...26 April 2011 10:01
Nine employers in 10 (89%) that have a dress code in place take steps to ensure that their policy does not discriminate against workers on the grounds of religion or belief. This is according to the XpertHR dress code survey , which also f More...04 April 2011 00:01
Snow, ice and extreme temperatures continue to plunge the UK into chaos, meaning that HR and employers have more people-related challenges than usual regarding: absence and attendance, pay, leave, health and safety and the rights of their staff. More...01 December 2010 15:54
Most of the Equality Act 2010 came into force on 1 October 2010 and employers need to make sure they comply with the changes to legislation. Warning: This page is no longer updated. It has been More...22 September 2010 15:19
During the summer heat, many employers relax their dress codes to allow employees to wear less formal clothing. But following the recent news that a bank employee in the US was dismissed after refusing to tone down the way she dressed, to what ext More...11 June 2010 08:00
Half of all employers with a dress-code policy link it to the actual employment contract, according to research published by XpertHR. The survey of HR staff at 31 organisations – covering a combined workforce of 280,000 employees – found th More...25 November 2009 09:21
Employers with dress codes are more likely to worry about general complaints from disgruntled employees about restrictions on appearance than the risk of sparking discrimination claims, according to the 2009 IRS dress code survey , published More...16 November 2009 16:04
Employers should enforce online dress codes for avatars used by their workers, IT analysts have said. As business use of social networking sites grows, IT specialists Gartner have predicted that by the end of 2013, 70% of businesses will have b More...09 October 2009 16:08
Union members have been labelled "killjoys" after delegates at the TUC conference backed a motion calling on employers to carry out risk assessments on women wearing high heels at work. The motion tabled by the Society of Chiropodists and Podiat More...16 September 2009 09:31
The TUC has today urged employers to relax office dress codes and cool down their overheating offices, to make work more "bearable for staff" in the high temperatures.
The union believes that the best way for staff to keep cool inside during swelter More...01 July 2009 09:17
A row over what teachers wear has escalated into a strike at an east London school. Adrian Swain, 56, was fired in December from St Paul's Way Community School in Tower Hamlets after he refused to stop wearing trainers and tracksuit bottoms while tea More...16 March 2009 11:31
A devout Christian who was put on unpaid leave in October 2006 when she refused to hide or remove a crucifix while working at Heathrow Airport has appealed against an employment tribunal ruling that found British Airways not guilty of religious discrimi More...15 October 2008 08:01
Duncan Bain of Morgan Cole Solicitors, explains what needs to go in the dress code policy. More...02 September 2008 12:56
Police have been banned from putting their hands in their pockets or using personal mobile phones in public as part of a new clampdown. A dress and behaviour guide issued by Norfolk Police also requests police wear long-sleeved shirts to cover up 'in More...02 September 2008 11:20
Nine in 10 employees feel wearing a suit does nothing to make you look smart, and are increasingly turning to a casual dress code , research has found. A survey by development consultancy The Aziz Corporation found more than half of bosses allow More...28 May 2008 09:53
Miss Eweida claimed that British Airways (BA) refusal to let her wear a small cross with her uniform was religious discrimination. Although the case caused BA much negative publicity, the tribunal actually dismissed the claim.
BA's uniform policy w More...15 May 2008 00:51
A postman was forced home by his employer, the Royal Mail, after he failed to follow the dress code and pitched up to work wearing the wrong shorts.
Reports in the Northampton Chronicle and Echo said that Adam Williamson, who worked More...02 May 2008 12:56
Could stricter dress codes be the way to keep employees in line and employers out of the courts?
More...20 November 2007 07:55