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What is the law regarding responsibility of an employer in providing the appropriate type of uniforms for employees? The uniform includes a flight suit and coat. This employer prefers to offer a complete uniform that affords as many safety features to protect employees from environmental and bio hazards. However, employees wish to have a coat that does not meet or has minimal safety features in favor of comfort. Thank you.

Hello Anita,

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Employers can require their employees to wear uniforms, according to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. The Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor administers the federal act. The act does not mandate uniforms, but it allows employers to require them. If required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as Personal Protective Equipment, employers must pay for the PPE. If OSHA does not require it, employers can charge their employees for their uniform costs.

Fair Labor Standards Act Uniform Law

The Fair Labor Standards Act does not require employees to wear work uniforms, but allows employers to mandate them. According to the Wage and Hour Division, employers who require uniforms should pay for them and deduct them as business expenses.

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