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New Law Goes Into Effect Limiting Employers Ability to Control Guns on Property

As of March 19, 2017, most Ohio employers became no longer able to restrict their employees from storing firearms in personal motor vehicles parked on employer premises. Under the new law, employees with concealed carry...more

How Does Ohio’s New Gun Law Affect You?

by Fisher Phillips on

On March 21, 2017, a new gun law goes into effect in Ohio that will expand the rights of concealed carry permit holders, allow active duty members of the armed forces to carry weapons without a concealed carry license under...more

New Ohio Law Provides Limited Exception To Employer’s Right To Prohibit Firearms On Its Premises

by Reminger Co., LPA on

On March 21, 2017, Ohio Senate Bill 199 will go into effect as Ohio Revised Code §2923.1210, which expands the rights of employees with valid concealed handgun licenses to transport and store a firearm and ammunition on an...more

Ohio's New Law Altering the Concealed Carry Obligations of Employers Goes Into Effect in March

by BakerHostetler on

The effective date of Ohio’s new concealed carry law that will alter the ability of Ohio’s employers to ban firearms on their property and premises is quickly approaching. Signed by Governor John Kasich on December 19, 2016,...more

Guns and the Workplace

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

For some, just the mention of those words in the same sentence brings to mind a number of horrible scenarios. Others immediately bristle at the idea of perceived infringement of “my right to own a gun.” In between those two...more

State of the States: Legislatures are off to the Races!

by Littler on

Most state legislatures are back in session, and they are poised to address a wide range of labor and employment issues this year. Since January 1, 2017, more than 500 employment-related bills have been proposed in more than...more

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

by Baker Donelson on

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

by Cozen O'Connor on

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

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

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

by Baker Donelson on

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

by Miller & Martin PLLC on

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

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

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

by BakerHostetler on

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

by Dentons on

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

by DLA Piper on

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

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

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?

by Baker Donelson on

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

by Epstein Becker & Green on

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

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