It’s the 6th of December and may your employment law arguments be merry – right after you take a look behind door number 6 to find out who or what is there to help employers this Christmas.
It’s a Christmas Jumper.
This year Christmas Jumper Day is on Friday the 10th of December and guess what? Everyone is being asked to get their Christmas jumper on to raise money for charity. At the risk of being called a Bah Humbug, it’s important to make employers aware of the following:
- There is no obligation to allow employees to wear Christmas jumpers to work. Many employers have rules on dress and appearance for a reason and there may be good reasons not depart from it.
- Where an employer agrees to employees wearing Christmas jumpers there should be some ground rules. People either love or hate to wear Christmas jumpers while others will not wear them for religious reasons or simply can’t afford to buy them, so it should be optional and not obligatory. It should also be made clear that negative comments directed at anyone not wearing a Christmas jumper is unacceptable, to avoid any potential discrimination.
- Christmas jumpers that pose any danger should not be worn and those that are adorned with bells or play a Christmas tune might not be appropriate depending on the workplace. Make sure you put clear rules in place in order to avoid having to tell an employee to remove their offending Christmas jumper and finding out they have nothing else to change into.
As with any rules, its best to communicate them in advance. Today would be a good day to send the memo and have the final sleigh on the matter.
Make sure you elf a merry little Christmas and contact a member of the Blackadders Employment Team working in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth and across Scotland for help and advice.
Donna Reynolds, Partner
Accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a Specialist in Employment Law & Discrimination Law
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