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Lawyers slam government’s ‘Janet and John’ dress code guidelines

Employers urged to think carefully about what such rules aim to achieve and consult staff over their concerns.

Lawyers have criticised the government's highly anticipated guidance on dress codes and sex discrimination, dubbing it a ‘Janet and John’ guide that offers little in the way of hard and fast rules.

Late last week, the Government Equalities Office (GEO) published Dress codes and sex discrimination – what you need to know following calls from the women and equalities and petitions committees to produce further advice for employers on dress codes and anti-discrimination laws.

Describing it as a “Janet and John guide”, Beverley Sunderland, managing director at Crossland Employment Solicitors, said the advice suggested that the GEO did not know if employers understood or complied with anti-discrimination legislation while implementing dress codes.

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May 22, 2018

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