Should you rethink your uniform policy in a heatwave?

We discuss whether you should consider relaxing your uniform policy in a heatwave.

BrightHR Team

With summer temperatures rising, you’ve probably heard grumbles from staff asking you to relax your dress code.

But do you have to? Let’s find out.

What the law says

During hot weather, you’re under no obligation to relax dress codes.

That being said, you may want to allow staff to dress more casually in high temperatures to make the working environment more comfortable.  

Don’t worry though, this doesn’t mean that staff can come to work in beachwear and flip flops. Relaxing your dress code could be as simple as allowing staff to lose their business jacket or be able to wear smart sandals to work.

But whatever you decide, it’s important to be clear on how staff should dress during the hot weather and when the relaxed dress code ends.

And don’t forget, employers need to ensure that their staff are still wearing the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) in line with health & safety requirements—even in clammy conditions.

Want to know more about handling a heatwave in the workplace? Read our employer’s guide.