Indiana's "Bring Your Gun to Work" bill and the federal Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act ("HIRE" Act)


On March 18, 2010, Governor Daniels signed the Emergency Powers and Parking Lots Bill, otherwise known as the “Bring Your Gun to Work” Law.

Effective July 1, 2010, new Indiana Code § 34-28-7 will preclude an employer from enforcing a policy that prohibits an employee who legally possesses a firearm from bringing the weapon and ammunition into their employer’s parking area so long as the weapons are locked in the trunk or glove box of their vehicles or stored out of plain sight in a locked vehicle. This new law is in response to employers that have instituted policies that prohibit bringing firearms anywhere on the employer’s property. Such policies now carry risk of legal liability. The Act provides for a civil cause of action for employees who have been injured by a violation of this Act.

Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act

In a further effort to stimulate the economy and to create jobs, on March 18, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act (“HIRE Act”). The HIRE Act provides a payroll tax holiday for much of 2010 for employers hiring new workers that have generally been unemployed for the prior sixty (60) days and business tax credits to such employers for retaining those workers.

The HIRE Act applies to “Qualified Employers,” which includes most for-profit and non-profit (private sector) employers, and public higher education institutions. Qualified Employers are covered unless they opt out.

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