Are you ready for the hot weather? do you have a summer dress code policy?
As we begin to enjoy the warm weather, employment solicitor, Paula Stuart, provides some tips for employers on how to be ready for the summer and avoid any misunderstandings in the workplace:
- Introduce a Dress Code Policy to allow employees to wear more comfortable clothing in the warm weather but at the same time maintaining a professional image – this can remove the risk of shorts and flip flops in the office!
- There is no legal obligation to provide air conditioning but have fans ready and available to use. They always get sold out when the hot weather is here!
- Consider offering rest breaks for workers who may struggle more in the heat, for example those who are pregnant or who have a disability.
- Monitor the temperature in the workplace. The law does not state a maximum temperature but the HSE recommends that ‘the temperature in all workplaces inside buildings shall be reasonable’ see http://www.hse.gov.uk/temperature/faq.htm for more details.
- Open windows at the beginning of the day to let in cool air.
- Use blinds and curtains to block out the sunlight.
If you would like help with drafting a Dress Code or Warm Weather Policy or with any other employment issue then contact Paula Stuart on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 01908 689345.