The Sikhs across UK will no longer be facing the prospect of any legal proceedings for carrying turbans in majority of the workplaces, as the UK government has declared new set of rules, applicable from 1st October, 2015. An official statement from the British government announced that the “Turban-wearing Sikhs will now have the right to choose not to wear head protection and will be exempt from legal requirements to wear a safety helmet in the majority of workplaces”. This new landmark clause was added to the deregulating Bill 2015 to increase the prevailing exemption within the Employment Act to all or any workplaces.
Ms. Priti Patel, the Indian-origin minister for employment and Indian Diaspora champion, said, "As the prime minister's Indian Diaspora Champion also as employment minister, I am delighted to be a part of the govt. that has created this variation. It makes ME proud that kingdom is that the home of such a proficient, formidable and untiring community".
The Sikh Council UK, the largest representative body of British Sikhs, has also welcomed the amendment following years of Sikhs facing disciplinary actions for not wearing helmets despite working in safer conditions.
However, the rule will not now bar Sikhs from the armed forces, police and fire services and the clause will make no blanket ban on participation by turban-wearing Sikhs. There are approximately 4,000 Sikhs in the police force and over 200 across the armed forces in Britain.