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

Are your Dress Code/Appearance Policies “out of fashion?” 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 discretionary or violate employees’ legal rights? What is an “unusual” or “strange” style? Who decides and whose values are being imposed? Employers are often shocked to find they have gone over the line. Sometimes that shock costs dearly in legal fees and damages. This webinar will cover the practical and legal issues of the current trends in employee appearance in the workplace, and what you should and shouldn’t do about them.

What You’ll Learn
What are an employer’s rights to regulate employee appearance?
What are the current legal principles that apply to employee dress codes regarding, among other things, the health and safety of workers, and an employee’s [employer’s] right to determine what is “appropriate” appearance?
The legal problems concerning discrimination (sex, race and national origin), and protecting religious and privacy rights relating to appearance.
“How to” properly address appearance issues from body odor, clothing and hairstyle to piercings and tattoos.
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, 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. Gregg has conducted over 3,000 seminars throughout the United States and authored numerous articles on practical employment issues. Gregg 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.

Registration Options

  • Live Access, 30 Days OnDemand Playback, Presenter Materials and Handouts – $279
  • Available Upgrades:
    • 12 Months OnDemand Playback + $110
    • 12 Months OnDemand Playback + CD  + $140
    • Additional Live Access + $75 per person
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Oct 28 2022


10:00 am - 12:00 pm



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