Can we prohibit employees from wearing headphones while working?

Our CEO thinks it looks unprofessional — are there any legal reasons why we can't ban them from the office?
By Brian Johnston
|Canadian Employment Law Today

Question:

Many of our employees, particularly younger ones, have taken to wearing headphones while they work. It’s an office setting, so safety isn’t an issue. But our CEO thinks it looks unprofessional when clients come through and see people listening to music while working. He wants to clamp down on this, but we’re not sure if we can dictate they not wear headphones. Are there any legal roadblocks we should be aware of before proceeding?

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