The U.S. Senate recently updated its stance on what can be worn on the senate floor. Traditionally senators were expected to dress strictly in business professional attire, but the Majority Leader has opted to no longer enforce the unwritten dress code. This controversial decision reflects a grand-scale movement happening in the workforce. Many companies and offices have relaxed their office atmosphere with more casual dress codes in the wake of the pandemic. If your company has made changes or does not have a current dress code policy, it is important to formally document wardrobe guidelines.
Employers have the right to put restrictions on acceptable office garb, but dress codes cannot be crafted in ways that cause an unequal burden on a protected class. A poorly crafted dress code policy can open a company up to legal liabilities and claims of discriminatory practices. If it’s time to revamp your dress code policy, ensure that it is clear, comprehensive and unilaterally enforced. In some cases, reasonable religious or medical accommodation may need to be permitted. Whether you need assistance creating a policy from scratch or help reviewing an existing one, having the right guide makes all the difference. Enjoy the expertise Bukaty Companies HR policy experts can provide.