Texas employment law news (WiredPRNews.com) — Company dress code policies help ensure that employees report for work dressed appropriately. A strong policy establishes clear guidelines in simple language.
To create an effective policy, an employer should first define its expectations. For example, a policy may state, “An employee should dress in a way that is appropriate given the employee’s duties on a particular day.” If an employer has previously addressed specific issues, the employer may wish to include a list of clothing items that are unacceptable, however, any list should be drafted in a manner indicating that other items may be deemed unacceptable, too. Additionally, if the employer plans to impose consequences for dress code violations, its policy should set out the consequences and detail the procedure to address dress code violations. Further, to avoid violating discrimination laws, an employer should draft its policy to generally allow a clothing item worn for religious reasons, even if the item would not be allowed otherwise. Finally, an employer’s policy should state that the employer reserves the right to amend or modify the dress code policy at any time.
After the policy has been drafted, an employer should distribute a copy to all employees. An employer should also train supervisors and managers to ensure that expectations are consistent and that any issues are handled appropriately and with sensitivity.
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