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Work Appearance, Dress Codes and Employer's Liability for Being Out of Fashion

The laws are changing fast! What is “appropriate” work appearance? Do you have the right to tell employees what to wear? How much can an employer dictate styles of dress, hair, perfume or jewelry? When do company appearance rules become discriminatory or violate employees’ legal rights? Employers are often shocked to find they have gone over the line. Sometimes that shock costs dearly in legal fees and damages. This program will cover the practical and legal issues of the current trends in workplace appearance, and what you should and shouldn’t do about them.

OnDemand
Recorded Thursday,
September 30th, 2021
Presented by Bob Gregg
2h total length
2.5 CEU Credits
$279.00 or 1 Token

Includes: 30 Days OnDemand Playback, Presenter Materials and Handouts

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What is “appropriate” work appearance? Do you have the right to tell employees what to wear? This has become a sometimes volatile issue. Employees wear message in support of “social justice” issues such as “Black Lives Matter” and others wear contrary views. Opposing political message on buttons, hats, shirts, or COVID masks generate arguments, and complaints by customers. States are adopting “hair style discrimination” and “personal appearance rights” laws. The laws are changing, and increasing – FAST! How much can an employer dictate styles of dress, hair, perfume or jewelry? When do company appearance rules become discriminatory or violate employees’ legal rights? Employers are often shocked to find they have gone over the line. Sometimes that shock costs dearly in legal fees and damages. This program will cover the practical and legal issues of the current trends in workplace appearance, and what you should and shouldn’t do about them.

This serious subject is presented with humor and down-to-earth examples and advice by an attorney who has helped companies throughout the United States effectively address issues of an ever-changing workplace.

Covered Topics

  • What are an employer's rights to regulate employee appearance?
  • What is the legal foundation on dress codes, health, safety and an employee’s right to determine what is “appropriate” appearance?
  • The legal problems concerning discrimination (sex, race and national origin), religion and privacy rights concerning appearance.
  • Can you allow employees to wear some social issue messaging yet ban other social issues messages?
  • “How to” properly address appearance issues from body odor, clothing and hairstyle to piercings.
  • What is "good appearance?"
  • Creating dress code policies.

Who should attend

Human Resource Professionals, CEOs, all Managers, Board Members who set or approve policies.


Bob Gregg

Instructor Bio

Bob Gregg, Boardman & Clark Law Firm in Madison, Wisconsin, has been involved in employment relations for more than 30 years. He litigates employment cases, representing employers in employment contracts, discrimination cases, FLSA, FMLA and all other areas of employment law. His main emphasis is helping employers achieve enhanced productivity, creating positive work environments and resolving employment problems before they generate lawsuits. Bob has conducted over 3,000 seminars throughout the United States and authored numerous articles on practical employment issues. Bob is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the National Speakers Association. He is also a National Faculty Member of the American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity and served on the Board of Directors for the Department of Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute Foundation.


Credit Information

Recommended for 2.5 CEU Credit Hours. After attending this webinar, each attendee can receive a Certificate of Attendance for self-reporting of CEU Credits.