Dress codes have been a source of much discussion over the past twelve months sparked, at least in part, by certain dress codes requiring female employees to wear heels at work. Following a joint report by the House of Commons Petitions Committee and the Women and Equalities Commission, updated Government guidance has been published by the Government Equalities Office. The guidance, Dress codes and sex discrimination: what you need to know, includes advice for both employers and employees and covers issues relating to dress codes including religious symbols, transgender issues and the need for reasonable adjustments for disability as well as sex discrimination.
ACAS has also published guidance on how to reduce the chance of religion or belief discrimination happening in the workplace. Religion or belief discrimination: key points for the workplace encourages employers to make sure their workplaces are inclusive, giving pointers on how discrimination may occur and how it should be dealt with if it happens.
ACAS have also published new Guidance on Overtime on their website. The guidance helpfully covers off the different categories of overtime; the impact on overtime of the statutory maximum working week; pay for overtime and issues such as when part-timers become entitled to an overtime rate and the impact of overtime on holiday pay.
Finally, Business in the Community, in association with Public Health England, have produced a toolkit on drugs, alcohol and tobacco which is aimed at reducing sickness, absence and improving mental wellbeing and productivity. The toolkit can be down loaded here.