"dress codes" Blog Tag

The impact of Super Bowl(ing) Part Deux

January 28th, 2020

Rich Meneghello, Anthony Isola and Spring Taylor at Fisher Phillips

Chief among the 49er so factors to take into account when dealing with how the Super Bowl can/will affect your place of employment are these four (five for those of you in or around KC or San Fran):

  1. Gambling in the workplace
  2. Productivity
  3. Dress codes
  4. Monday morning absences
  5. Championship parade.

Rich Meneghello (longtime hrsimple.com contributor), Anthony Isola and Spring Taylor (who in no way condoned, particpated in or encouraged any of the 13.9 million workers who called in "sick" or used PTO the day after last year's Super Bowl LIII but will in no way stipulate to same for LIV) help alleviate any headache or hangover, super or otherwise.

PS - Anyone besides me wondering why Liv Tyler isn't a part of the Super Bowl LIV festivities?

PPS - Click the image above for some super (full-contact) bowling.

Somebody shows up at the office in essentially shamrock underwear.

Finances dictate you terminate someone so you tell them you will pay them their accrued vacation pay if they will release all claims.

Your mail room clerk says the office manager asked her to man the grill at the office picnic - who's grilling who?

The office softball team and workers' comp – 'nuff said.

Robin Shea says more about all of this.

Super Bowl 2019 at the Office

February 4th, 2019

Fisher Phillips

The Super Bowl is near, which means so are some workplace issues that you are going to be dealing with, regardless of your allegiance to team, half-time performer or just all of the food.

Fisher Phillips helps you with your HR game plan so you aren't depending on your two-minute drill or just tossing a Hail Mary, covering:

  • gambling in the workplace
  • productivity
  • dress codes
  • attendance/absences


Holiday stew – ingredients for a happy and non-litigious holiday

December 17th, 2018


Holiday stew – we all have our own recipe, but the base is almost always the same: booze, mistletoe and a generous pinch of unapproved time off. And be sure you don't have enough time to prepare or clean up.

Join Gary Wheeler and Lori Mans for an hour as they provide the ingredients and know-how to help you salvage your holiday stew, including 1/2 half dry cup Secret Santa, 2 - 3 jiggers holiday party(s) - adjust accordingly, 1 medium ugly sweater, 14 oz box decorations (workplace or workspace, depending on your preference), enough year-end bonus calculation to make your eyes water

My holiday stew was oyster stew that my Mom made for Christmas Eve. Never did learn why.

Costumes, booze and the Great Pumpkin – beware the office Halloween party

October 25th, 2018

Adam Gutmann

Who doesn't like a good party? Who doesn't like spending work time not working? Who doesn't like eating embarrassing amounts of candy? Adam Gutmann helps you sort out what you want (Milk Duds, Twizzlers, Starbursts) from what you don't (pencils, Almond Joys (come on, that is an acquired taste), Necco Wafers) when it comes to Halloween in the workplace, including:  

If it's called a dress code, can I wear pants?

December 17th, 2018

Natasha Sarah-Lorraine Banks at Fisher Phillips

This blog was written by Natasha Sarah-Lorraine Banks at Fisher Phillips, which authors several of our resources.  When Strict Dress Codes Went Out Of Style: The Modernization Of Workwear “Every day is a fashion show, and the world is your runway.” – Unknown This modern-day old adage gives one permission to own their own personal...

"We need to talk" isn't any easier to say than to hear

October 24th, 2018

Mathew Parker at Fisher Phillips

Nobody wants to hear those four words – "We need to talk" because it isn't going to be an easy conversation.

But you probably don't want to be the one saying them either.

Fact of HR: you are going to be saying those words at some time. And the longer you avoid saying them, the greater the anxiety for you and the more the entire workplace will suffer. Mat Parker from Fisher Phillips has 5 tips to help:

  1. Identify
  2. Clarify
  3. Open mind / open ear
  4. Manage / preserve
  5. Follow up

Dress codes should not be encoded

June 12th, 2018


Translation: lay it all out ahead of time (dress code pun) and be clear.

The Hartford Small Business Ahead blog provides five tips:

  1. Have an answer for "Why not?" other than "Because your Furoshikis* look silly"
  2. Send out reminders – like now, before the dress code begins to suffer the dreaded summer creep
  3. Be really specific – casual wear means different things to different people
  4. Understand the talking point do's and don'ts
  5. Have "The Talk"

Need a dress code policy? See our blog "Dress codes: who, what, wear" or login to your hrsimple.com HR Library.

* Disclaimer, I have a pair and they kinda do.

Personal hygiene in the workplace

June 12th, 2018


When you took your job in HR, you knew that you would have to face some uncomfortable situations: terminations, poor performance reviews, disciplinary actions, but perhaps the worst of all is the “we need to talk about your personal hygiene” conversation. Your staff’s poor personal hygiene can negatively effect co-workers and customers alike, and management needs to take these delicate matters seriously. Here are few ways to deal with hygiene issues in the workplace. 

1. Have a policy in place. And use it. 

As we say often, the best way to enforce rules in the workplace is to have rules in the workplace. When you have a clear policy on what level of hygiene is expect of all staff members, your staff can clearly understand what is expected of them, and these uncomfortable issues are less likely to arise. When new staff is hired make sure to go over the employee handbook with them and highlight these areas. Here is a sample dress code policy from our partners at Polsinelli that includes hygiene. 

Dress codes: who, what, wear

June 12th, 2018


As an HR representative or business owner it’s your responsibility to make sure things run smoothly, and sometimes that means enforcing rules or standards that your employees may not want to follow. Dress codes and appearance guidelines are a good way for employers to not only ensure their workforce looks professional to customers and clients, but also can help avoid harassment claims and disciplinary problems.

When it comes to drafting an effective dress policy there are a few things employers should be aware of.