Within our construction company, wearing safety clothing is of course mandatory. Now one of the employees refuses pertinent to put on his saw trousers if it is more than 25 C. Last Wednesday it was that time again. He was walking in his shorts which don't have reflective tapes. I have had a tough conversation with him, but he remains stubborn. What now?
Employers' responsibility for the safety of employees goes very far. That is why an employer may also take far-reaching measures if employees do not comply with the safety regulations. If a tough conversation does not help, I would refuse the man access to his workplace and send him a letter with an official warning and the announcement that he is only allowed to work again when wearing his reflective vest and saw trousers. It can also help to announce in advance that, as long as he cannot work, for this reason, he is also not entitled to wages. For although an employee is almost always entitled to continue payment of salary, even if he is, for example, suspended, in this case, the employee chooses not to work, namely by refusing to wear his saw trousers.