April 2019


This month we would like to share with you the latest news within Cluer HR, as well as keeping you up to date with developments in the world of HR and employment law as they occur.

It’s all part of the service. We hope you find it useful. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.

Dress codes in the workplace

Image credit: Shutterstock

Knowing exactly what is expected in the workplace with regard to dress codes is a somewhat grey area. In bid to clear this up, the government has instilled guidelines in the form of a recommendation from the Parliamentary Women and Equalities Select Committee and Petitions Committee. Our owner, Kirsten Cluer, reflects on these guidelines as we approach one year since their implementation.

Although dress policies for men and women don’t have to be identical, it’s best to avoid gender specific prescriptive requirements. Any requirement to wear make-up, skirts, have manicured nails, certain hairstyles or specific types of hosiery is likely to be unlawful and could lead to cases of sex discrimination. Ultimately, less favourable treatment because of sex could be direct discrimination.

It is important employers understand that their dress code could be unlawful under the guidelines if, for instance, they require their female staff to wear high heels, with all the discomfort and inherent health issues these can cause, because it treats women less favourably than men.

To read the full article, please click here.

Employment tribunal: French qualified lawyer

Image credit: Shutterstock

Does the living and working location of an employee affect the outcome in an employment tribunal?

In the case of a French qualified lawyer (Mrs Ravisy) working in a Paris office, two claims were made by the lawyer against her UK based employer (Simmons & Simmons) with regard to discrimination and equal pay; but can the respondent be sued in Great Britain when living and working in another state of the EU?

On the grounds of the applicability of relevant legal regulations, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) decided that the respondent could be sued in the employment tribunal. However, after considering similar well-known cases, such as Lawson v Serco, the EAT eventually deemed it appropriate to dismiss the case.

To read the full details, please click here.

Blog of the month

Image credit: Shutterstock

This month, we’re imparting our advice on how you can create the perfect employee handbook for your business.

Employee handbooks are a staple of the workplace. Providing a common ground for all employees, this reference guide establishes company policies, rules and guidelines which the employer requires workers to comply with.

Employee handbooks are highly beneficial to managers, too. This will provide them with a constant reminder of how to support you with regard to employee management.

At Cluer HR, we provide our clients with bespoke employee handbooks – and place great value and importance on their versatility within the workplace. There are a few points that every employee handbook should emphasise; to read the full blog, click here.

Keep up to date

In order to ensure you’re making the most of our HR tips and advice, be sure to follow our Twitter page (@cluerhr), and have a read through our blog page.

Sign up for HR updates

Receive regular HR updates and access to free resources.