Joggers, leggings, sweats? What to wear, what not to wear as you return to the office

No suit. No tie. No problem these days.

The casualization of office attire started before the pandemic, but COVID took it to a new level as many employees worked remotely.

Now as employees return to the workplace, business casual seems to be the predominant theme, but companies would be well-advised to remind employees of dress code expectations to avoid problems later on, experts say.

'Be proactive'

"My advice to employers is to be proactive," says Domenique Camacho Moran, a partner at Farrell Fritz in Uniondale. "Tell employees on a regular basis what you expect."

During the summer, it’s okay to remind staff ‘we don’t want beachwear,’ she says. Many employers, including her own law firm, she says, have moved to business casual.

But even that could be open to interpretation if employers are not clear, says Moran, noting, "business casual has been redefined industry by industry."

For example, business casual at a law firm isn’t ripped jeans and graphic T-shirts but could be dockers and golf shirt with a belt, she says.

Relaxed policy may continue

Kahler says dress codes were relaxed before the pandemic and will likely be more relaxed as employees return to work.

But she doesn’t think it will go to the degree where employees will be wearing home attire like sweats.

"A lot of people do a mix of working from home and working from the office and dress codes will reflect that," Kahler says.

Dressing down for charity

The firm also allows jeans on Casual Fridays, which is tied to a fundraiser element. Every Friday each employee contributes $5 to dress down. Contributions are matched by the firm and donated to a charity each quarter, Wyetzner says.

To be sure, business casual is here to stay and is being considered a perk by many employers, says Jeff Agranoff, human resources consulting principal at Jericho-based Grassi Advisors & Accountants.

It’s a perk at Grassi too,, he says, noting, "we’ve always had flexibility in our dress code."

Four years ago the firm adopted business casual. Then two years later jeans were allowed when appropriate with a professional top. The firm’s now transitioning to a "Dress for your day" policy that came out of the pandemic as half of their employees are still on a hybrid work schedule.

Agranoff stresses that even if you’re on a Zoom call with a client you’re expected to dress appropriately.

Uniform enforcement

Employers have the right to adopt dress code policies and enforce those policies, Moran says, adding, enforcement is typically in the form of counseling, warning or, if necessary, the termination of employment.

Any dress code policy, Hyland says, should also be uniformly enforced. Make sure it’s not gender-biased, meaning don’t put stricter dress code requirements on women than men or vice versa, she says.

Adds Moran, employers also should provide reasonable accommodations for a disability or religious reasons.

And be mindful of who’s having the conversation if there’s a violation. Ideally it should be Human Resources.

"You want to avoid a sexual harassment issue, Moran says.


China: Plug-In Electric Car Sales Reach New Record In June 2021

About 235,000 plug-ins were sold, which translated to 15% market share.

Plug-in electric car sales surge in China to new record levels as multiple models are selling better than ever.

In June, some 235,000 passenger plug-in cars were registered (new all-time record), which is probably close to 160% more than a year ago. Moreover, the market share increased to 15% and 12% are BEVs. Plug-in hybrids are not that popular in China.

So far this year, about 1.1 million passenger plug-in cars were sold, which is 11% of the total market. BEV share stands at 9%.

It's obvious that this year sales will exceed 2 million - possibly even 2.5 million.

Model rank

Let's now take a look at the best selling models for the month, which is a mix of very small, entry-level EVs (like Wuling, Great Wall Ora Black Cat and Changan Benni EV) and hot market leaders (Tesla, BYD and others):

  1. Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV - 29,143
  2. Tesla Model 3 - 16,514
  3. Tesla Model Y - 11,623
  4. BYD Qin Plus PHEV - 9,269
  5. Li Xiang One EREV - 7,713
  6. Great Wall Ora Black Cat - 6,508
  7. Changan Benni EV - 6,358
  8. GAC Aion S - 5,916
  9. BYD Han (BEV) - 5,802
  10. BYD Song Pro PHEV - 5,450

In the year-to-date comparison, aside from Wuling's massive advantage, two locally produced Tesla models are the most popular electric cars in China:

  1. Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV - 181,810
  2. Tesla Model 3 - 84,844
  3. Tesla Model Y - 46,180
  4. BYD Han (BEV) - 38,665
  5. Great Wall Ora Black Cat - 31,994
  6. GAC Aion S - 30,452
  7. Li Xiang One EREV - 30,154
  8. Changan Benni EV - 29,147
  9. Chery eQ - 27,136
  10. BYD Qin Plus PHEV - 21,376

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