Policy: 364

Personal Appearance


Dress, grooming, and personal cleanliness standards contribute to the morale of all employees and affect the business image MDCBDSN presents to customers and visitors.

During business hours, employees are expected to present a clean and neat appearance and to dress according to the requirements of their positions. Employees who appear for work inappropriately dressed will be sent home and directed to return to work in proper attire. Under such circumstances, employees will not be compensated for the time away from work.

Examples of inappropriate dress would be clothes that are overly revealing to include short shorts, short skirts, tank tops or radically unconventional dress. Excessive body piercing, low riding pants showing underwear, or bare midriffs will be prohibited.

Employees are expected to wear clothing that is appropriate for their job requirements. Direct care staff may wear uniforms (scrubs) but it is not required by the agency. Staff are enciuraged to wear protective shoes and limit the use of accessories (jewelry, etc.) not required by job duties. Natural or acrylic fingernails exceeding 1/4 inch, large loop or dangling earrings will be prohibited. The agency assumes no responsibility for the loss or damage of any non-essential accessory item.

Consult your supervisor or Human Resources if you have questions as to what constitutes appropriate attire.


To establish guidelines for employee personal appearance.

Effective Date:
June 1, 1998

May 24, 2001
October 25, 2007
November 20, 2014
April 27, 2017
February 28, 2019