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Lawsuits relating to dress codes and appearance policies are on the rise. But what is permissible to include in your dress code policy - and what is not?

From flip-flops to eyebrow piercings, military fatigues to tube tops, shorty shorts to arm-length tattoos, striking the proper balance between requiring appropriate dress among your employees and respecting their rights at the same time can be tricky, especially when dealing with sensitive issues such as religious expression or speaking with younger employees who may never have worn "business clothes" and come to work daily in hoodies or T-shirts that contain potentially offensive wording on them.

So what is an employer to do, especially knowing that major mistakes in a dress code policy can cause not only dissention in the workforce, but can end up leading to huge liability for your organization?

Learning Objectives:

This informative training session will help ensure that your dress code policy will have all the essentials it requires to ensure legal compliance at your organization.

Some of the many legal issues that will be addressed during this webinar include:
  • What to include in a Dress Code Policy
  • Key steps to avoid discrimination claims based on your Dress Code Policy
  • Best practices for dealing with employees' piercing and tatoos
  • Tips – and pitfalls to avoid - when dealing with religious clothing items
  • Religious Accommodation under Title VII: understanding your compliance obligations when drafting a Dress Code Policy
  • Tactics for dealing with employees who fail to comply with your Dress Code Policy
  • Do's and don'ts of drafting a policy that will keep your organization out of court

About Your Speaker:

Melissa Fleischer is the Founder and President of HR Learning Center LLC, a human resources consulting firm specializing in the area of employment law. HR Learning Center LLC provides training seminars and consulting on a wide range of workplace and human resource issues.

Ms. Fleischer is a management-side employment attorney with over twenty (20) years experience and is nationally recognized as an expert in her field. She has successfully represented numerous clients in employment discrimination litigation as well as providing preventive counseling and training on workplace issues. Ms. Fleischer is a frequent lecturer on a wide range of employment law topics including seminars and workshops on Anti-Harassment Training, FMLA/ADA Training and Workplace Violence Prevention Training.

PHR / SPHR Credits!

This program has been approved for 1.5 recertification credit hours through the HR Certification Institute. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at The use of this seal is not an endorsement by HRCI of the quality of the program. It means that this program has met HRCIs criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.

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