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Piercings, Tattoos and More: Dress Codes For the Workplace - Legally Compliant Policies and Guidelines

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By: Dr. Susan Strauss
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60 Minutes
Training Level
Intermediate to Advanced

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Webinar Details

This webinar on Workplace Dress Codes will discuss your reasons and rights as an employer to establish a dress code in your workplace and how to develop and adopt one that complements your business.
 

WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND?

Establishing a Dress Code for your business today is not as simple as it once was. Before deciding on a formal dress code or updating your current one, the reasons and benefits should be explored so that your decisions can promote a professional, safe and comfortable environment that reflects your culture in a positive manner.

This webinar discusses your reasons and rights as an employer to establish a dress code in your workplace and how to develop and adopt one that complements your business.

Considerations range from what is considered professional attire to cultural and generational preferences.

It will also discuss how to establish clear guidelines for employees, the reasons behind decisions for dress and how to be comfortable, yet professional.

AREA COVERED

  • Reasons to have a Dress Code
  • Your rights as an employer to establish a dress code as a condition of employment
  • What to include in your dress code?
  • Defining business, business casual and casual
  • Professionalism: customer contact positions
  • Morale and respect among coworkers
  • Safety: office and manufacturing positions
  • Uniforms and logo wear
  • Piercings, tattoos and hair
  • Perfume and cologne
  • Hygiene
  • Cultural and religious considerations and other exceptions
  • Younger generation's preference for informality
  • When companies have been taken to court about “dress”: discrimination cases related to sex or gender, religion, or race?
  • When does dress make a positive or negative impact on performance?
  • Designing a policy which corresponds to your business

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • The session will provide practical guidance on how to create and implement legal policies on employees'clothing, jewelry, tattoos, grooming, and religious expression
  • Among other things, you will receive answers to these questions
  • Can an employer strictly enforce dress and appearance policies without violating the law?
  • Can a company require female employees to wear make-up? Or require male employees to have a short haircut?
  • How does an employer handle the prevalence of tattoos and body jewelry among today's younger generation of workers?
  • What process should an employer follow when addressing an employee's request to wear certain attire or headwear for religious reasons?
  • When does safety trump religious beliefs?
  • Can an employer have different dress requirements for different classes of employees?
  • What are the potential legal risks associated with unlawful dress codes?

WHO WILL BENEFIT?

  • Human Resource Professionals
  • First line Supervisors and Management
  • Recruiters and Employment Specialists
  • Training and Learning Professionals
  • Affirmative Action Officers
  • Consultants and Business Owners

Establishing a Dress Code for your business today is not as simple as it once was. Before deciding on a formal dress code or updating your current one, the reasons and benefits should be explored so that your decisions can promote a professional, safe and comfortable environment that reflects your culture in a positive manner.

This webinar discusses your reasons and rights as an employer to establish a dress code in your workplace and how to develop and adopt one that complements your business.

Considerations range from what is considered professional attire to cultural and generational preferences.

It will also discuss how to establish clear guidelines for employees, the reasons behind decisions for dress and how to be comfortable, yet professional.

  • Reasons to have a Dress Code
  • Your rights as an employer to establish a dress code as a condition of employment
  • What to include in your dress code?
  • Defining business, business casual and casual
  • Professionalism: customer contact positions
  • Morale and respect among coworkers
  • Safety: office and manufacturing positions
  • Uniforms and logo wear
  • Piercings, tattoos and hair
  • Perfume and cologne
  • Hygiene
  • Cultural and religious considerations and other exceptions
  • Younger generation's preference for informality
  • When companies have been taken to court about “dress”: discrimination cases related to sex or gender, religion, or race?
  • When does dress make a positive or negative impact on performance?
  • Designing a policy which corresponds to your business
  • The session will provide practical guidance on how to create and implement legal policies on employees'clothing, jewelry, tattoos, grooming, and religious expression
  • Among other things, you will receive answers to these questions
  • Can an employer strictly enforce dress and appearance policies without violating the law?
  • Can a company require female employees to wear make-up? Or require male employees to have a short haircut?
  • How does an employer handle the prevalence of tattoos and body jewelry among today's younger generation of workers?
  • What process should an employer follow when addressing an employee's request to wear certain attire or headwear for religious reasons?
  • When does safety trump religious beliefs?
  • Can an employer have different dress requirements for different classes of employees?
  • What are the potential legal risks associated with unlawful dress codes?
  • Human Resource Professionals
  • First line Supervisors and Management
  • Recruiters and Employment Specialists
  • Training and Learning Professionals
  • Affirmative Action Officers
  • Consultants and Business Owners

SPEAKER PROFILE

instructor

Dr. Susan Strauss is a national and international speaker, trainer, consultant and a recognized expert investigator on workplace and school harassment and bullying. She conducts harassment and bullying investigations and functions as an expert witness in harassment and bullying lawsuits. Her clients are from business, education, healthcare, law, and government organizations from both the public and private sector. 

Dr. Strauss also provides organizational, management, and employee development by conducting training, coaching, and facilitating workshops. She has been the Director of Training and Development and consults with a variety of organizations and industries, both large and small. Susan has also been the director of Wellness and has consulted with organizations to help them design, develop, implement and evaluate their Wellness programs. 

Susan has a doctorate in organizational leadership. She is a registered nurse, has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and counseling, a master’s degree in community health, and professional certificate in training and development. She has been involved in the harassment and bullying arena since 1985.

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