Tattoo policies – are they unfair to young people?

Tattoo policies – are they unfair to young people?

Tattoo policies – are they unfair to young people?

Employers should review their attitudes on piercings and tattoo body art, or miss out on talented workers, says employer / employee advice body ACAS.

Recent research conducted by ACAS shows that many employers still perceive visible tattoos in a negative way and dress codes and recruiters’ attitudes have not caught up with current trends – many employers ban visible tattoos, particularly for customer-facing staff.

But according to ACAS, almost a third of young people now wear tattoos or body art and having a policy or perception that this is inappropriate or undesirable could mean employers miss out on talented workers.

There’s also the risk of unlawful age discrimination if a ‘no tattoos’ policy disproportionately affects young people.

What should employers do?

  • Recognise the changing social attitudes towards tattoos and body art
  • Review any policy you have on the matter and consider whether the rules need revising or updating
  • Ensure managers and people involved in recruitment are not bringing prejudices into decision making

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