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Workplace Policies on Hair Length

hair lengthAre you able to include a dress code policy in your employee handbook that specifies requirements for facial hair/hair length?

While it is legal to have an across the board policy that facial hair is not permitted or must be well-trimmed, some disabilities prevent people from being able to shave regularly. There are also some religious traditions with closely held beliefs regarding facial hair. While you may have this policy, it is very important to realize that if an employee indicates any type of objection to it based on a verifiable disability or religious belief, you will most certainly need to make an exception. An accommodation can be refused if it creates an unnecessary burden, but that standard is high and can be hard to meet. Those companies that have dress codes, these burdens are usually related to legitimate safety, health or security concerns.

Hair length holds the same truth. While your dress code policy may specifically state that hair length on men may not pass a certain length, it is strongly recommended that you consider a policy that simply requires hair to be pulled back and neatly groomed. There are many religious groups that require their members to refrain from cutting their hair. These type of employees would most likely need an accommodation. Also, there are men who just enjoy sporting a longer mane. The best practice recommendation is to make your dress codes gender neutral to avoid employees feeling that they are being treated differently.
Should you have any additional questions regarding this or other employee topics, contact the professionals at CyQuest for help!