Introducing uniform at work

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ladybird

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Post Fri Nov 30, 2012 7:10 pm

Introducing uniform at work

My daughter in law has been working for a company for 8 years. Now they have decided to introduce a staff uniform. My daughter in law was willing to wear the uniform but not to pay for it. After speaking to her boss she was told she would be given notice at the end of her contract period and then given a new contract with different terms and conditions requiring her to buy and wear the uniform. However, two days after the meeting she has received her termination notice.

Does she have a case for unfair dismissal? Can she be forced to pay for a uniform?
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Post Fri Nov 30, 2012 10:52 pm

Re: Introducing uniform at work

Hi, Not an expert, but yes they can ask you to pay, but it is also tax deductible, see the link below.

When they served the termination notice are they offering a new contract as per the new terms.

If they just terminate, without the new contract she would have a very good case of unfair dismissal

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/paye/exb/a-z/c/clothing.htm

Been doing some research.

They cannot take money from a workers wages if it reduces their pay below the minimum wage.

Pay and work rights helplink 08009172368.

They should be able to give free advice at the CAB.

Also found this.

Yes, an employer can require employees to pay for their uniforms, as long as there is contractual provision for this.

The employer cannot ask employees to pay for uniforms that constitute personal protective equipment that the employer is under a duty to supply under the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 (SI 1992/2966). However, if the employee keeps the personal protective equipment without permission after his or her employment has ended, the employer can deduct the cost of the replacement equipment from any wages owed, if there is a provision in the employment contract allowing this.
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ladybird

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Post Sat Dec 01, 2012 1:18 am

Re: Introducing uniform at work

Thanks for the response. They've given 90 days in notice in writing but during this time if she says she will buy the uniform then they will rescind it. If she doesn't then she will be terminated. As mentioned before she has no objection to wearing the uniform just paying for it. Seems rather like bullying to me.

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