- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 6, 2015

ROGERS, Ark. (AP) - A workshop is planned to help Arkansas business leaders develop lawful dress code policies for their workplaces.

The workshop is scheduled on Feb. 9 at the University of Arkansas Global Campus facility in Rogers.

Having a dress code can prevent employees from wearing flip-flops and tank tops to work. But the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says the code should not discriminate against members of protected groups. The way employers handle workplace dress code issues can lead to claims of harassment, discrimination and even National Labor Relations Act violations.

Attorney Cindy Kolb will instruct business leaders on how to implement a dress code policy that follows federal guidelines. Among other things, participants will increase their familiarity and understanding of the EEOC’s recent publication on religious garments and grooming in the workplace.

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