Human Resources Training, organizational culture

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

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The human resources in most organizations walk on sticky ground when it comes to the organization’s policy on employee dress code. It is usually in a quandary about whether to allow employees to wear formal, semiformal or informal clothing.

It could also have to take a call on the different dress codes it allows for different positions. In addition, a new issue that organizations have to deal with is the dress code concerning the Millennials, who are soon going to outnumber every other generational workforce.

It is to help clarify on these and other points relating to the dress code for employees, as well as other related aspects such as piercings and tattoos, that TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for all the areas of human resources, is organizing a webinar on January 31.

Susan Strauss, a national and international speaker, trainer, consultant and a recognized expert on workplace and school harassment and bullying, will be the expert at this webinar.

Susan will emphasize the importance of clarity when it comes to the dress code. She will explain how HR should be clear and unambiguous when it comes to formulating, documenting and circulating dress code and related policies within the organization. Writing down the dress code policy is the surest means to eliminating uncertainty, which in turn is the basis for preventing conflict in the organization. Proper documentation also helps the organization in case of any legal action an employee could bring against it.

Want to understand the role of sound policy on dress code, piercings, and tattoos at the workplace? Just visit TrainHR to enroll for this highly informative and lively interaction with the expert.

This activity has been approved for 1 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRi and SPHRi recertification through HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

Viewing this webinar, its entirety qualifies for a recertification credit hour that may be counted toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification from SHRM. Credit is awarded based on the actual educational time spent in the program.


At this webinar, Dr. Strauss will illustrate the range of benefits organizations gain by formulating a proper dress code. The dress code should not only reflect the organization’s culture and help project its brighter side to the world; it should also ensure that the employees are comfortable in implementing it. The dress code should also be appropriate for each generation.

Other issues closely related to the dress code, such as tattoos, makeup for women, jewelry, grooming and religious symbols, will all be taken up at this session. At this webinar, Dr. Strauss will cover these areas:

  • 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.


About the expert: Dr. Susan Strauss conducts harassment and bullying investigations and functions as an expert witness in harassment and bullying lawsuits. The popularity of these exercises can be gauged from the vast spectrum of sectors that her clients hail from: business, education, healthcare, law, and government organizations from both the public and private sector.

She has conducted research, written over 30 books, book chapters, and journal articles on harassment, bullying, and related topics. She appears on television and radio programs and is frequently interviewed for newspaper and journal articles.