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Remember when “Blue Collar” meant people who worked in jobs or professions that involved the various trades and factory positions? Most of these workers wore blue shirts of some sort. I observed that many national chain stores require as a dress code Blue tops (shirts of some sort) and either Black or Khaki pants with black or blue shoes. This combination will sometime vary according to the company and or industry. My thought on this was: Blue Collar-has it returned or did it never leave? IBM was one of the most well known companies to have Blue shirts as a standard and TV personalities wear blue shirts since white appears off-color (imagine that) on-screen. This may not be the same now with the higher quality broadcast equipment. Now This:

“Wal-Mart is introducing a new dress code for its employees, but they’re not calling it a uniform. And that’s got some Wal-Mart employees riled up.

The retailer says customers are having a hard time figuring out who works at the store, so it’s put in place a dress code. Employees have to wear black or khaki pants and a blue or white collared shirt.

Judith Conti of the National Employment Law Project, a nonprofit that advocates for low-wage workers, says employees are upset about this because they have to pay for the clothes.

“Wal-Mart employees are among the lowest paid in the entire country,” Conti says. “And Wal-Mart is asking them to buy new clothes to wear at work.”

Wal-Mart didn’t respond to an interview request, but it has said that most of the feedback about the dress code has been positive.

Reuel Schiller, a professor at UC Hastings Law School, said it’s significant that Wal-Mart isn’t calling this a uniform.

“There’s a legal difference between a uniform and a dress code,” says Schiller. If the cost of the uniform will actually pull your wages below minimum wage for the week that you bought it, then under federal law that’s illegal.

Schiller said Wal-Mart skirts the issue — and passes on costs — by going with a dress code.”

Many companies have dress codes and some of these codes have more to do with a professional look rather than an identification of employees. In a very large store (super store if you will) it is hard to identify employees from shoppers but having to pay for uniforms in a low wage situation is ludicrous. The tax laws of the U.S. allow for tax relief if you itemize and have to buy your work garb. Years ago there was case where Liberace was taken to task by the Government because his costumes were deducted as “work wear”. That case excerpted below : In the sixties, the performer Liberace convinced a court that buying rhinestone-studded suits for his act was a legitimate tax deduction. Even if you don’t spend thousands of dollars on your stage outfits, even small career-related deductions can lower your tax bill. Many people do not know what they can deduct items like clothing, union dues and other expenses to reduce their tax bills. One valuable source is the IRS itself, even if you hate them or fear them , they are the best source of information on tax issues. Good and easily understood answers depends on who you talk at the IRS as some are better at explaining in plain language than others. Just a little aside: If you have a tax issue that “suddenly pops up” That pop up may have occurred several years before but the IRS will and has held that back to allow the penalties and interest to build the amount up. The
blue Collar” worker has expanded beyond the factory as many  suit and Tie folks also wear blue Oxford shirts on a daily basis.

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