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Handy Heatwave Hints

As the country basks (or melts!) in the heatwave, we’ve put together three handy hints from an employment law perspective that may help your employees to handle the hot weather.

1. Relax your dress code

Depending on your organisation and the roles your employees carry out, you may want to consider temporarily relaxing your dress code.

Where this could be an appropriate option, allowing your employees to wear lighter clothing can make a difference to their comfort and have a positive impact on their ability to focus in the heat.

If you do decide to relax your dress code:

  • You should clearly communicate what the relaxed rules are. Whilst you would hope employees would take a sensible approach to workplace dress, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Remember dress codes for men and women do not have to be identical but the standards imposed should be equivalent;
  • When it comes to communicating when the temporary relaxation of the rules will end, you can either set an end date at the outset or advise employees that they will be notified when the usual dress code will come back into force.

It’s important to remember that being clear can prevent issues from arising and can make it easier for you to address any problems that do occur.

2. Encourage employees to keep hydrated

Whilst this is a simple step, if employees are hydrated it can help them to maintain their concentration.

3. Remind employees to check for travel disruption

The hot weather may cause travel problems, especially if your employees are using public transport. A reminder to check for disruption before travelling, plan accordingly and allow enough travel time can help to prevent problems arising. This will apply whether your employees are commuting to work or travelling for business purposes.

If you have any employment law issues you would like assistance with, please do not hesitate to contact Kingfisher Professional Services Ltd as we are happy to help.