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Tattoos, Haircuts, And Head Coverings – We're Not In Kansas Anymore

As our society has evolved and changed, standards for acceptable dress and appearance have also been transformed. For example, tattoos, once seen mostly on bikers and those who had served in the military, are now mainstream. An estimated 40% of Americans have at least one tattoo and women are just as likely as men to have one.

Can You Judge A Book By Its Cover? Adopting And Enforcing Dress Codes And Appearance Policies

Many hospitality employers impose strict guidelines on employee appearance, dress, and grooming – and for legitimate reasons. These rules protect your public image, promote a productive work environment, comply with health and safety standards, and even prevent claims of unlawful harassment. Other businesses are hesitant to establish strict requirements for fear of encroaching on employees’ freedom to express themselves.

If Your Baristas Can Show Off Their Tattoos, Will Your Employees Be Next?

Coffee giant Starbucks recently announced a major change to its dress and appearance policy, allowing baristas to visibly display tattoos for the first time in the company’s 44-year history. The company decided that employee retention and satisfaction outweighed the strictness and consistency of its prior “clean-cut” appearance policy.

Piercings and Employers: Enforcing Appearance Policies

Charles Caulkin’s article “Piercings and Employers: Enforcing Appearance Policies” was featured in the Daily Business Review on November 19, 2014.

Employer Dress Code Policies Under the Microscope as Supreme Court Reviews Abercrombie & Fitch Case

A suit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against national clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc., demonstrates why employers should carefully review any dress code policies with counsel, particularly as they may conflict with attire worn for religious reasons. Interestingly, the case could have important ramifications not only for employers but also employees.

Don't Let A Tattoo Or Haircut Become A Liability

There is no legal requirement that an employer adopt a dress or appearance policy, but many restaurant and hospitality employers are looking to create (or maintain) a certain image. For good business reasons, hospitality employers adopt policies regulating dress and appearance in their workplaces. Employers may not only dictate uniform requirements, but they may expect a certain style and presentation, which goes beyond wearing uniforms.

How To Maintain A Proper Dress Code In The Workplace

Shayna Balch was a guest blogger for the Phoenix Business Journal on April 1, 2014.

A Few Guidelines For Appearance Policies

For good business reasons, many professional employers adopt policies regulating dress and appearance in their workplaces. These policies can help enhance an office’s public image, promote a productive work environment, comply with health and safety standards, and even prevent claims of unlawful harassment and discrimination. While no law requires an employer to maintain a dress/appearance policy, some laws are relevant to such policies.

Dress For Success, Even In The Summer

Summer officially arrives this month, but in many parts of the country it's been blazingly hot for weeks. In much of the deep South and the desert Southwest, it's easy to break a sweat walking from door to door, and the AC in our cars always takes too long to kick in. On the weekends, it's all about sundresses and bathing suits, but what about Monday through Friday? How hot is too hot? When are you supposed to ditch the hot pants and switch to a more conservative look while still trying to keep your cool?

Is Your Summer Dress Code Too Hot to Handle?

Oh the joy of Texas summers!

Summer's Here And Dress Codes Are Feeling The Heat.

Now that summer is upon us, you may be getting added pressure to relax your dress standards. Do you give in, or hold the line? Managers and H.R. practitioners are increasingly going with the latter approach, and here's why.

Piercing Through The "Body Art" Issue.

As tattoos, piercings and other forms of body art have become increasingly prevalent, hospitals are grappling with how to deal with this trend. While many younger workers proudly display their body art, older workers have exhibited a variety of responses. Some are offended, some have embraced the fad, while still others seem unfazed. Providing care for an ever-aging population, hospitals must also consider the reactions of patients and their families, many of whom are already frail and/or apprehensive.
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