Defining your dress code policy….
As temperatures rise, it is important to remind your employees what is appropriate to wear in your workplace. A thorough and well-written dress code policy may be helpful in preventing employers from exposure to potential liabilities or causing employee embarrassment. Take some time to review your company’s culture, demographic and internal client traffic, then craft a policy that reflects how you do business. Clearly explain your policy to your managers and employees. People have varying degrees of what is considered casual attire. A defined policy is always a better practice. If an employee still has questions, tell them, “If you cannot decide whether you should wear an article of clothing to work, leave it on the hanger.”
HR CHECK-UP: HOW COMPLIANT ARE YOUR PRACTICES?
MD Employers: Do you have your Sick & Safe Leave Policy in place? Are you tracking Sick Leave?
Do your screening and selection procedures comply with Federal and State laws? Local laws?
Are your Managers trained to conduct lawful interviewing, avoiding unlawful questioning?
Do your candidates for hire complete a Job Application?
Are your Handbook policies deployed consistently throughout the company?
Do you offer a vehicle for expressing grievances within the workplace? What is your policy and procedure for this?
Are you 100% sure you are calculating overtime correctly? What about off-the-clock work?
When was the last time you sat down with your employee to review their work performance?
Is your company giving problem performers a road map toward improvement? Are you consistent in this practice?
Are your I-9’s complete, and where and how are you filing your I-9’s?
Policies and practices should always align with your company’s goals and even the culture. Be ready for when the challenges do come your way, because they will. That famous saying, “It’s never happened in all my years of doing business” should never become a tag line or your promise. Take preventative measures to protect yourself, the company, and your employees. There’s nothing more satisfying than a peaceful night’s sleep knowing you’ve done your due diligence as a business owner.