Worthy Reads about Work

clip_imageThe blogroll at the Delaware Employment Law Blog currently houses approximately 150 links to blogs in a variety of topic areas.  I started the links page, which you can find under the “Resources” tab at the top of the page, as a way to store the crazy number of feeds I had collected.  Well, in the roughly 9 months since then, I have managed to accumulate nearly ten times the original amount!  Yes, I’ve collected roughly 1,500 blog links.  I’ve been checking the validity of the links and categorizing them in a way that will can understood by “normal people.”  While that project is being finished, though, I thought it only due to recognize some of my favorites on the list.  So, with that being said, here are a few posts about work that I hereby deem worthy of a read. Continue reading

EEOC Sues over Dreadlocks, Claiming Religious Discrimination

image_458Work rules for dress code are not out of fashion just because the season has changed.  Instead, the topic of “What Not to Wear to Work” is as trendy as ever.  So, for those of you charged with the task of enforcing dress codes and monitoring hem lines, here’s a bit of reassurance that you are not alone.    Continue reading

Beijing Takes the Fashion-Police Concept to a Whole New Level

For all of the dress-code talk lately, I’d guess there’s no dress code quite like the one in Beijing.  In preparing for the Olympics, Beijingers have been instructed to put on their Sunday best.  And for those HR Specialists who thought that specificity in dress codes is just plain impossible, there are some Beijing government officials who would disagree. Continue reading

What Not to Wear to Work: More Style Rules for the Modern Worker

Workplace attire is a topic that just doesn’t seem to go away. Dress codes and style rules for the modern worker get continuous coverage in the media.  Apparently, fashion is not just for the fashion columns anymore.  Fashion is a part of the business world, like it or not.  This modern-day fashion challenge is especially prevalent with Gen Y employees.  Continue reading

EEOC Files Religious Discrimination Lawsuit

Everyone’s talking about dress codes.  Pantyhose or no pantyhose?  Flip-flops causing mutiny in the workplace. What not to wear is not just a TV show, it’s regular water cooler talk these days.  A new case filed by the EEOC shows a much more serious side of the dress-code debate–how dress codes can turn into discrimination. Continue reading

Gender Discrimination & Dress Codes. Who wears the skirt, I mean, pants in your office?

woman-in-skirtDress codes prefer males over females.  Ok, maybe not. But it’s hard to deny that men who work in jobs that expect traditional, corporate-minded attire, certainly have far fewer choices than women.  And fewer choices can mean fewer mistakes.  Let’s face it, a suit is a suit is a suit.  Granted, men can make some pretty bad choices about their tie-shirt combos but it’s quite different than selecting accessories like earrings, necklaces, scarves, shoes, and the list goes on. Continue reading

Heading to the Shore . . . Or Maybe the Beach

beach-chairs-and-oceanDon’t know the difference?  Residents of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania sure do.  “The Shore” refers to the New Jersey Shore and all of the wonderful towns that it includes.  “The Beach,” on the other hand, refers to the Maryland and Delaware Beaches, including Ocean City, Maryland (not to be confused with Ocean City, NJ, of course), Rehobeth, and Lewis, Delaware, to name a few.  Continue reading

“Are You My Lawyer or the Janitor?” The lawyer’s dress-code pendulum swings back.

Some recent reports about law firms trying to persuade associates to dress better, and even hiring coaches for them, are a reminder that the pendulum seems to have swung back from the days when even old timers were “dressing down” to try and “connect” with the wealthy young techie entrepreneurs.

I, for one, am pleased to see a move toward more moderate dress. Continue reading