29 Jun, 2022 by Marianne Favre Moreillon

With the end of teleworking, proper dress is required

29 Jun, 2022 by Marianne Favre Moreillon

During the COVID-19 pandemic, teleworking employees enjoyed a taste of freedom in their clothing. Despite the return to the office, some employees are tempted to keep a casual dress code.

Employers can establish guidelines for the performance of work, while protecting the personalities of their employees and respecting their freedom of expression. However, where the employer's interests are paramount, the employer is entitled to establish dress code guidelines, especially for employees who work in close contact with customers and who must represent the company's image. In the opposite case, the dress code is limited, as long as it is not related to the execution of the work. This is not the case for measures that the employer is obliged to take to protect the health of its employees when they are required to wear protective equipment.

This article develops the following topics:

  • directives and instructions of the employer on the execution of the work
  • the requirement to wear the appropriate clothing for the job
  • protection of the personality of employees
  • respect for the employer's image
  • limitation of the employees' freedom of expression
  • the employer's duty to protect the health and safety of its employees
  • protective equipment

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