the hospital that i work at has just started a policy that requires all employees to dress ''business casual'' when coming to work, at work, and leaving work...i am an ob nurse that wears scrubs
..i come to work, change into hospital furnished scrubs, clock in and work....the policy now states, no jeans, gym shoes or sandals (unless wearing hose) will be worn to or from work...most nurses, wearing scrubs at work, don't own business casual....question: can a hospital require a dress policy when we haven't clocked in yet....?
Mar 29, '04
Every state in the union gets to make its own rules about things like this, or not make any if it chooses. Since you don't indicate the state, it's not possible to give you a specific response.
I'd google, using:
1) the name of your state,
3) the terms "labor law" or "labor code" and
4) use the index that will likely come up in one of the links to find what your state has to say about it.
What does your employee handbook have to say?
Employers, of course, DO have some rights when it comes to employee behavior "off the clock" and certainly when that behavior occurs on employer property. Should you be able to show up for work in a swim suit until you clock in? Nude? Should you be able to sexually harrass other employees, so long as it occurs before you clock in or after you clock out?
Breaking various laws, "acts reflecting negatively on the reputation of the facility," publicly slandering the facility, etc. all can be valid reasons for employer discipline/termination.
Last edit by sjoe on Mar 29, '04