Human Resources Training

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


The dress code is an area in which an organization’s HR faces many questions. It will have to deal with posers relating to dressing by employees, such as: is only formal dressing allowed at the workplace? Is semiformal dressing also allowed? Do different positions have different dress codes? Finally, with the advent of the Millennials at the workforce, what policy does the organization have vis-à-vis tattoos and piercings for its employees?

The only way to address these and related issues is for the organization to be clear about these aspects. It should formulate guidelines for a formal dress code in a written form and publish it with the employees, as well as with the management. It is only when there is lack of clarity on these matters that the chances of creating unnecessary rifts and arguments are aborted. A written workplace dress code is also a strong line of defense for organizations if employees decide to take the legal route over this issue.

The ways by which to get a proper grasp of all the aspects of a legally compliant dress code, which will go a long way in avoiding unpleasantness between the employees and the management, will be explained at a webinar that TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for the human resources areas, is organizing.

At this webinar, which will be on October 24, Susan Strauss, a national and international speaker, trainer, consultant and a recognized expert on workplace and school harassment and bullying, will be the expert. Please visit TrainHR to enroll for this webinar.


Dr. Strauss will explain why a dress code needs to be put in place in a workplace and what benefits it offers. A dress code should reflect the organization’s culture and should show it in a positive light. It should put the employees at ease, and should also be appropriate for each generation that it is created for.

How to deal with matters that the present generations of the workforce consider important, such as tattoos, makeup for women, jewelry, grooming and religious symbols, will be addressed. At this webinar, Dr. Strauss 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.