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Potential Dress and Appearance Code Liabilities for 2020

Wed, March 04, 2020 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM EDT 60 Minutes Credits HRCI 1 & SHRM 1 PDCs

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Speaker: Dr. Susan Strauss is a national and international speaker, trainer and consultant

Areas Covered

  • To discuss legal issues surrounding Dress and Appearance in the workplace
  • To list specific elements of a Dress and Appearance policy
  • To explore the role of unconscious bias and stereotypes play in discrimination through dress codes
  • To identify prevention tactics to ensure employees are judged by their performance and not on stereotypes

Key Areas to be Covered

  • Guidelines by the EEOC regarding dress at work
  • Body art
  • International dress
  • National Labor Review Board’s take on dress
  • What should be considered in writing your dress code.
  • Religious dress
  • Sex stereotyping dress
  • Tattoos
  • Political dress

Overview

From the style and length of one’s hair, to the number and location of visible tattoos, to recognizing gender non-conformity style, to creating a summer dress code, employers are facing an increased need to determine their organization’s culture and policies, as well as following federal and state laws.How does an organization balance employees’ rights to express themselves with the organization’s rights to determine its legitimate business needs while maintaining an inclusive work environment?The pitfalls for employers are many.More businesses are likely to face these issues especially now that research is confirming these types of biases exist broadly across U. S. workplaces.The potential for organizational errors are plentiful.Organizations expect employees to use sound judgment in their dress and grooming, however, what if the employee’s sense of dress and grooming varies from the organizations?After all, types of self-expression have become more commonplace with society demonstrating more acceptances in people’s choices of self-expression—shouldn’t the workplace reflect this change in social rules too?Religious dress and dress that defies gender stereotypes are the two areas that are the most challenging for employers.These issues and others will be discussed.

Why should you attend

Dress codes are receiving a fair amount of attention in the courts these days.There have been a number of precedent setting lawsuits dealing with dress codes’ requirements and how those requirements, even inadvertently, discriminate against potential and current employees based on their gender, religion,and race, to name a few.It is critical that human resources professionals and managers understand the importance of a discriminatory free dress code to ensure all job candidates and employees ae treated fairly and equitably.

Who will benefit

  • Managers
  • Directors
  • Human Resources Generalists
  • Supervisors
  • Office Managers
  • Owners
  • Presidents
  • HR Personnel

This activity has been approved for 1 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRi and SPHRi recertification through HR Certification Institute (HRCI). Please make note of the activity ID number on your recertification application form. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at www.hrci.org

This program is valid for 1 PDCs for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®


Your Instructor


Dr. Susan Strauss
Dr. Susan Strauss

Dr. Susan Strauss is a national and international speaker, trainer and consultant. She has worked as a psychiatric nurse and her undergraduate degree is in psychology and human services. Her specialty areas include discrimination, harassment, and bullying; management/leadership development, and organization development. She conducts harassment and bullying investigations and works as an expert witness for discrimination lawsuits.


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