11 September 2014 #Employment
The new guidance can be found at http://www.acas.org.uk/dresscode
Dress codes can be used by employers for a number of reasons, for example as a way of communicating a corporate image or for health and safety reasons.
Some key points:
Employers may have a policy that sets out a reasonable standard of dress and appearance for their organisation, Any dress code should be non-discriminatory and should apply to both men and women equally, but standards can be different for example a policy may state "business dress" for women but may state for men "must wear a tie".
Tattoos and body piercings can raise issues for employers and these may be addressed in your policy.
When drafting or updating a dress code, make sure you consider the reasoning behind it and consult with employees to ensure that the code is acceptable to both the organisation and employees. Once agreed it should be clearly communicated.