HR Tip of the Week

HR Tip of the Week

Halloween Costumes and Parties at Work

If a company allows costumes to be worn to work for Halloween, it’s important that employees are reminded to use good taste and judgment when deciding on a costume. To avoid any ambiguity, employers should specify what constitutes appropriate attire and should provide examples of what to avoid wearing such as costumes that are sexually provocative or that mock any religion, gender, sexual orientation, or race.

Celebrations of Halloween can be offensive to some individuals. Employers should also keep decorations in the workplace to a minimum to avoid decor that may potentially be offensive to co-workers, clients, or customers. It should be made clear that participation in parties is voluntary. Employees who do not wish to celebrate may be offered alternative arrangements such as working remotely for the day.

For more examples of inappropriate costumes or for further information, click here.

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