Human Resources Training, Workplace dress code

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


One of the touchy areas for an organization’s HR concerns the organization’s policy on dress code. Some of the questions it constantly faces from employees include: does the organization allow only formal dressing, or does it also permit semiformal dressing? Are there different dress codes for different positions? And yes, as the Millennials become the dominant group at the workforce, where does the organization stand in relation to its policy on tattoos and piercings for its employees of this generation?

Clarity is the only real means to answer these questions. The clearer the organization’s HR is about these policies, the better. HR should formulate, document and circulate policies relating to these areas concerning employees. This information should also be shared with the management.

A workplace dress code that is written down and published not only eliminates ambiguity, and with it, the resultant tussles between the employees and the management; it also protects the organization against any legal actions any of the employees may take against it over this issue.

TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for all the areas of human resources, will offer thorough grasp of all the aspects of a legally compliant dress code at a webinar it is organizing on December 5. The learning that the expert at this webinar, Susan Strauss, a national and international speaker, trainer, consultant and a recognized expert on workplace and school harassment and bullying will impart, will help avoid many of the confrontations between the employees and the management.

Please visit TrainHR to enroll for this learning.


The aim of this webinar is to help participants understand the need for putting a dress code in place. Dr. Strauss will explain the benefits such a code brings. In addition to echoing the organization’s culture and showing it in a positive light, the dress code should make the employees feel comfortable. It should be created in a manner that makes it appropriate for each generation.

Dr. Strauss will show the ways of dealing with matters that is considered as important by the present generations of the workforce. These include tattoos, makeup for women, jewelry, grooming and religious symbols. This webinar will cover the following 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.