The recent heat wave has sparked a number of questions about what is appropriate in the work place in terms of personal appearance.
For example, many employees believe they have an inalienable right to show body piercings and tattoos as part of their self-expression. However, according to federal discrimination laws, neither piercings nor tattoos are recognized as indications of religious or racial expression, so the practices are not protected.
So, as an employer, you have a lot of flexibility to develop policies that work for your particular environment and culture...as long as the policies are enforced consistently among classes of employees.
How do you handle these practices in your workplace? We'd love to hear your comments. Click here to share your thoughts.