Park Avenue Presentations

Employee Dress Codes: The Changing Landscape of Employee Tattoos, Clothing and Hair Color in the Workplace

Wednesday, June 12, 2024 at 1:30 pm ET

Duration: 90 minutes

Speaker: Deirdre Kamber Todd, Esq

Register for Live Webinar: $299
Register for Live Webinar Plus Recording Download: $349


Bonus for Each Registrant:  The webinar speaker will answer one written question that you may submit by email within one week after the webinar.


Special Feature: If you register for this webinar and cannot attend, you will be able to access a one-time instant replay without charge for up to 90 days after the date of the webinar.


Webinar Description

With so many employees working remotely, a debilitating drought in viable applicants, and the current cultural leaning toward personal “uniqueness,” employee dress codes are becoming more challenging to enforce than ever before.  From visible tattoos to wild hair colors and the use of sweatpants as “business casual,” employee appearance makes a decisive statement about your company’s core values. 


While some workplaces have embraced these changes, citing them as embracing diversity, others are battling this trend, trying desperately to enforce their decade-old dress codes.  Are there other considerations in employee etiquette that may be equally, or even more important, to public relations than a tongue piercing or purple hair?   In short, how do we win the battle and the war on appearance?


If you are experiencing employee appearance challenges or have concerns about employee etiquette, this program is for you.  We’ll discuss employee appearance and presentation, including dress, tattoos, piercings, hair, facial hair issues and other aspects of personal appearance in both live and remote workspaces.   We’ll also move beyond employee dress; we’ll discuss how employees project themselves to others and the necessary etiquette considerations in communication.  We will also discuss options and alternatives for employee policies, procedural enforcement, and other best practices.



Topics covered will include:

  1. Employee appearance trends today
  2. Drawing the workplace line between sloppiness and individual expression
  3. Workplace culture considerations
  4. Generational distinctions
  5. Options and best practices in employee dress codes and etiquette policies and procedures
  6. Legal aspects of workplace appearance, including religious accommodation, antidiscrimination law considerations, OSHA, and current caselaw,
  7. Etiquette lines that should never be crossed
  8. How and when to discipline 
  9. How to turn employee appearance losses into public relations wins




Continuing HRCI Credit Information

This program has been pre-approved for 1.5 hours of General recertification credit hours through the HR Certification Institute. Use of the seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the program. It means that this program has met the HR Certification Institute's criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.


Continuing SHRM Credit

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This event will be presented live with a PowerPoint presentation to be viewed on your computer. You may listen to the audio of the webinar by telephone or through your computer. The PowerPoint slides will be provided shortly before the event. Once you register, you will receive an email which is your receipt and which includes your instructions for dialing in and logging on. You will also receive an email reminder 24 hours before the webinar.