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Oct
17

Tattoos in the workplace: Why employers should tread carefully – Human Resources Director

Certainly, if an employee's appearance is likely to impact upon the employer's reputation or ability to productively perform their role, there are valid reasons for raising and implementing certain grooming and appearance requirements, said McDade.

With the issue impacting such a significant number of people, McDade said it is important that employers have clear policies and directions that communicate to employees the required standards of personal grooming and appearance.

McDade said that in addition to tattoos, there may be valid safety concerns around piercings that are relevant and allow employers to impose certain requirements to comply with their work health and safety duties.

In Victoria, an employer cannot discriminate against an employee or prospective employee on the basis of their "physical features".

This is a ground of discrimination that has been interpreted broadly to include not just a person's height and weight but also their hairstyles and even facial hair, said McDade.

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Tattoos in the workplace: Why employers should tread carefully - Human Resources Director