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Work of art—tattoos in the workplace

Published on: 29 September 2016
Published by: LexisPSL
  • Work of art—tattoos in the workplace
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  • What does the latest report from Acas say about the presence of tattoos/body art at work?
  • Are tattoos/body art a particular problem in the legal industry and what challenges does it pose for firms attempting to manage employee appearances while preserving a company image and meeting client expectations?
  • Are tattoos and body art covered by equality legislation in the UK, if not, in what circumstances can an employer legitimately dismiss an employee for reasons relating to their appearance?
  • Do you have any specific advice for firms/employers on how to manage these difficulties and enforce their company dress code policy in a fair and proportionate way (eg, should employers clearly state before an employee accepts a position what their expectations are)?
  • Do you expect the rules on this to soften in the future?

Article summary

Employment analysis: Amy Jones, senior solicitor at Thorntons Law LLP, picks out the key points of a new Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) report on tattoos in the workplace. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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