Implement Employee Dress Code
- An employer has the right to impose guidelines regarding employee dress code and appearance in the workplace.
- In drafting and implementing a dress code, an employer should take into account safety and health considerations, the employer's business needs, and the public image of the employer.
- An employer must determine whether the working environment generally calls for a formal, casual, or business casual dress code. The policy should include detailed descriptions of acceptable and unacceptable dress.
- An employer may want to instruct employees regarding acceptable grooming habits, facial hair, fragrance, jewelry and tattoos.
- After reaching these conclusions, an employer should create a comprehensive policy that specifically details the employer's dress code. This policy should be included in the employee handbook and circulated to all employees.
- An employer may need to make reasonable accommodations to its dress code and appearance policies based on religion, disability or membership in another protected class.