Further to our recent bulletin on visible tattoos in the workplace, did you hear the one about the world’s most pierced man being denied entry to Dubai a couple of weeks ago?
Apparently, according to Guinness World Records, in addition to his body art and faux horns, he has a record 453 piercings! It begs the question, from an employer’s perspective, what would you do if he was looking for a job in your organisation?
Well, before you answer, you may wish to read the new ACAS guidance on dress codes and appearance in the workplace which sets out what an employer should consider when applying a dress code in relation to body piercing, tattoos and religious dress.
Although an employer may feel justified in asking an employee to remove their visible piercings or cover their tattoos (particularly if they are in a client facing role), they should ensure they have sound business reasons for doing so. Furthermore, if an employer does decide to adopt a dress code, it should be in a policy communicated to all staff so they understand what standards are expected from them.
If you wish to adopt a dress code, ensure it relates to the job and reflect the organisation’s image. Any policy should take sensitivities into account and not be discriminatory.
If you would like assistance on drafting a dress code policy, please do not hesitate to contact us.
PS. You will be pleased to know the world’s most pierced man is already gainfully employed – as an information technology professional, in Germany!