Summer Dress Codes

Author: Beth P. Zoller, XpertHR Legal Editor

With the onset of warmer weather and longer days, an employer may want to permit employees to dress a little bit more casually and comfortably. However, an employer should be sure to implement a comprehensive policy that clearly addresses summer attire and the employer's expectations.

Specifically, an employer will want to advise employees about what types of clothing will be deemed work appropriate and permissible and what will be prohibited. Further, an employer may have revised rules with regard to headgear and hairstyles during the warmer months. An employer also may want to consider holding training sessions with employees and supervisors to review the employer's summer dress code policy and answer any questions that may arise. Lastly, an employer should apply and enforce the policy in a uniform and consistent manner and make sure to discipline employees for violations if necessary.

XpertHR offers the following Tools and resources to help an employer create a summer dress code.


Implement Employee Dress Code


Dress Down Days/Summer Attire Policy

Dress Code Policy

Business Casual Attire Policy

Employment Law Manual

Work Rules Regulating Employee Dress, Grooming and Personal Appearance

How To

How to Deal With an Employee Who Violates the Dress Code

Supervisor Briefing

Dress Codes and Appearance Policies - Supervisor Briefing


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