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