Employer No-Weapons Policies

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Differences in Public Policy Can Affect Claims of Wrongful Discharge

Most jurisdictions, including Connecticut, recognize a tort of “wrongful discharge” as an exception to the principle of employment at will. Although employment at will generally allows either the employer or the employee to...more

Annie Get Your Gun – Court Rules Termination For Bringing Gun to Work Unlawful

In a recent decision that could have implications in many states, a federal appeals ruled that an employee could state a claim for wrongful termination under state law after being discharged for storing a gun in his car on...more

New Decision Allows Employee Suit for Violation of Concealed Handgun Law

Texas and many other states in the South have passed state laws in recent years restricting employers from terminating employees who keep their lawfully-licensed concealed handgun locked in their vehicle. For the most part,...more

Mississippi Says Employers Can’t Prohibit Employees from Having Guns in Their Cars

Many people are saying that this California Employment Law Blog doesn’t spend enough time discussing Mississippi law. Well today that’s going to change....more

Tennessee Employers Can Continue to Prohibit Guns Without New Liability

On July 1, 2016, Senate Bill 1736 went into effect in Tennessee. The law, introduced on January 15, 2016, was the subject of significant controversy. As the first of its kind across the country, SB 1736 as introduced sought...more

Tennessee Businesses: To Ban Firearms on Your Property, Bear the Appropriate Signage

In Tennessee, businesses generally have the right to prohibit the possession of weapons on their property. This right to prohibit weapons applies even to individuals with valid handgun carry permits. The main exception to...more

Tennessee’s Gun-Free Workplaces Must Heed New Notice Requirements

Tennessee generally allows employers to prohibit employees and other individuals from possessing weapons on properties owned or operated by employers. The primary exception to this general rule concerns individuals with...more

Private Employer Posting Requirements: Prohibition Of Guns In The Workplace

With recent events regarding gun violence, employers should be aware that several states require private employers to post notices if they ban guns at the workplace. An employer’s obligation regarding specific language and...more

More Guns in Trunks—Mississippi Supreme Court Amends Wrongful Discharge Doctrine

Given Mississippi’s guns in trunks statute, can you legally terminate an employee for keeping a gun in his car at work? The Mississippi Supreme Court in Swindol v. Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation answered this question,...more

Clarifying Employer Misconceptions About Texas’ New “Open Carry” Gun Law

Introduction to Texas’ “Open Carry” Law - A new law became effective earlier this year in the Lone Star State, making Texas’ broad gun-rights laws even more permissive. Before January 1, the only firearms Texas citizens...more

Texas Open Carry Law: FAQs for Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities

As of January 1, 2016, concealed license holders in Texas can now legally carry their handguns visibly in hip or shoulder holsters. This comes at a time when violence in hospitals and healthcare facilities is on the rise....more

Tennessee's "Guns In Trunks" Law: What Employers Need To Know Now

In summary, an employer may prohibit guns anywhere on company property, but an employee with a handgun-carry permit may keep a gun out of sight in a locked vehicle in the parking lot. All other possession of weapons on...more

“Don’t worry about me, I carry weapons”: employee’s violent statements warranted serious discipline but not dismissal

An electrician’s comment, “Don’t worry about me, I carry weapons” and “it would really feel good to kill something today” constituted workplace violence but did not warrant dismissal, the Ontario Labour Relations Board has...more

Staying Productive in the Wild Wild West: Employer Responses to Bring Your Gun to Work Laws

It’s iconic Americana – the Earp brothers and Doc Holliday walk down an empty main street in Tombstone for their showdown with the Ike Clanton gang. But, can you refocus and replay that scene one more time but now with the...more

Illinois Employers Should Aim for Gun Policy Review

After becoming the 50th state to pass a concealed carry law last year, Illinois has begun accepting applications for concealed carry licenses from individuals wishing to carry a firearm in public. This major change in...more

Guns at Work in Tennessee, Part II: Clear as Mud?

The Tennessee legislature's enactment of Tennessee Code Annotated (TCA) 39-17-1313 (also known as the "Guns in the Trunk" legislation) has sparked wide debate among employers and employees alike regarding the interpretation...more

New Legal Opinion Creates Confusion Over Tennessee “Guns in Trunks” Law

On May 28, 2013, the Tennessee Attorney General issued an opinion that determined that Tennessee’s new “guns in trunks” law did not prohibit an employer from discharging an employee for having a weapon in his or her vehicle...more

Firearms! Recent Legal Opinion on "Guns in Parking Lots" Law Places Tennessee Employers In A Crossfire

Earlier this week, the Tennessee General Assembly's Office of Legal Services opined that the "Guns in Parking Lots" law "effectively prohibits" employers from discharging an employee for conduct allowed by that law. ...more

Act Now Advisory: Illinois's New Firearm Concealed Carry Act Requires Action Now by Employers

Earlier this year, Illinois passed the Firearm Concealed Carry Act ("Act"), which generally allows individuals to carry concealed guns in Illinois as long as they have a license to do so. The Illinois State Police will start...more

An Overview Of Illinois’ Concealed Carry Law From An Employer's Perspective

The State of Illinois recently became the 50th state to pass a concealed carry law – the Firearm Concealed Carry Act (“FCCA”) – which will soon allow a properly licensed individual to carry a firearm. The FCCA lists certain,...more

Prohibited Areas and Employment Implications Under Illinois' New Concealed Carry Act

There are two pressing issues concerning implementation of Illinois' new Firearms Concealed Carry Act1 (Public Act 98-0063)... ...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - November 14, 2013

In This Issue: - High Court Takes on Union Strategy to Push Neutrality Agreements - Justices Consider Pay for Union Workers to Don Safety Gear - Appeals Court Rules for Employers Over Birth Control Coverage -...more

Take 5 Newsletter: Sick Leave, Domestic Violence, "Bring Your Gun to Work," Personnel Files, Ban the Box

State and city legislatures throughout the country have been busy recently—passing a variety of laws affecting private employers. From sick leave to the right to bring guns to work, these laws will affect the way that...more

Illinois State Police Releases Sign Required to Prohibit Concealed Weapons on Property

As we reported over the summer, under a new Illinois law, employers seeking to prohibit individuals from bringing concealed weapons onto their private property are now required to post a sign to that effect at building...more

Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry Act Will Require Employers to Take Action

On July 9, 2013, Illinois passed the Firearm Concealed Carry Act (FCCA), becoming the final state to permit the concealed carry of firearms. In 2014, the Illinois State Police must begin accepting applications for licenses to...more

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