Employers apply strict dress codes for staff

The majority of employers are becoming more strict with the application of dress codes in the workplace, according to research by Personnel Today’s sister publication, IRS Employment Review.

As the trend in workplace attire has become more and more casual, organisations are increasingly redefining the parameters of what is acceptable, and turning to more formalised policies to do so.

More than two-thirds (67%) of the dress codes imple-mented by the 66 participating organisations are included as part of the regulations within the employment contract, rather than as informal guidelines. This is an increase of 15 percentage points compared with the 2003 survey.

Despite new laws that potentially pave the way for discrimination claims on the grounds of religion or belief, just 31% of the organisations with formal policies grant allowances on religious grounds.


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