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Rules and Regs for Tats and Piercings

Some HR organizations are grappling with updating their dress codes to accommodate younger workers who adorn their bodies with tattoos or piercings.

December 15, 2006

Body Art: Some human resources organizations are grappling with updating their dress codes to accommodate younger workers who adorn their bodies with tattoos or piercings. A study by American Academy of Dermatology found that about half (48 percent) of American workers ages 18 to 29 have had either a tattoo or body piercing other than the earlobe. Nearly 75 percent of the pierced and two-thirds of the tattooed acquired their body art before age 24, according to the study. Moreover, the trend apparently has yet to crest, indicating a potential challenge to companies: attracting upwardly mobile younger workers who prefer body art while forcing them to conform legally to company policies on professional dress in the workplace.