Cafeteria company concerned about makeup, jewelry

An employer can limit the jewelry and makeup its employees wear if there are legitimate public health concerns and when the restrictions are not a great infringement on employees’ rights
|Canadian Employment Law Today

An employer can limit the jewelry and makeup its employees wear if there are legitimate public health concerns and when the restrictions are not a great infringement on employees’ rights, the Ontario Arbitration Board has ruled.

The case involved Walfoods Ltd., a company that prepares and serves food in cafeterias throughout Canada. In July 2004 it revised its dress code to prohibit employees from wearing watches, jewelry (including rings, earrings, necklaces and body piercings), makeup and fingernail adornments when on the job.

The workers’ union filed a grievance claiming the changes were an unreasonable infringement on the employees’ rights of self-expression.