Employer No-Weapons Policies

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“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

2014 Labor And Employment Law Checklist

Each year, LP’s Labor & Employment Practice Group is pleased to provide a short checklist of steps that all companies should consider taking to measure their readiness for the coming year. We hope that you find this 2014...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

Guns in Your Workplace? Illinois Employers’ Rights in Light of New Law

On July 9, Illinois lawmakers enacted the Firearm Concealed Carry Act (PA 098-0063) permitting private licensed citizens in Illinois to carry concealed firearms. ...more

New Firearm Concealed Carry Act Directly Impacts Illinois Employers

With the enactment of the Firearm Concealed Carry Act (PA 098-0063), private licensed citizens in Illinois will be permitted to carry concealed firearms....more

Attorney General Weighs In On Tennessee Guns In Trunks Law

The law giving handgun carry-permit holders the right to transport and store firearms and/or ammunition in their vehicles parked in an employer’s parking lot goes into effect July 1, 2013. With the enforcement deadline at...more

Illinois’ New Firearm Concealed Carry Law Impacts the Workplace

The Illinois state legislature held a special session last week to override Illinois Governor Pat Quinn’s recent veto of the Firearm Concealed Carry Act, enacting the bill into law. ...more

Illinois Passes Law Authorizing Individuals To Carry Concealed Weapons, But Employers May Prohibit Weapons On Premises They Own

On July 9, 2013, the Illinois legislature overrode Governor Pat Quinn's veto and passed Illinois' first law authorizing individuals with the right to carry concealed weapons in public provided they obtained a concealed...more

Legal Alert: AG Opinion Provides Guidance On Tennessee's Safe Commute Act

On May 28, 2013, Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper released an Opinion addressing the question of whether Tennessee's Safe Commute Act "prohibits an employer from terminating an at-will employee who brings a firearm or...more

Alabama Lawmakers Approve Bill Requiring Employers to Allow Firearms in Employees’ Vehicles

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has signed into law SB286, a bill that limits employers’ restrictions on employee possession of guns in their cars at work. The House of Representatives voted 73-28 on Monday to approve a...more

Weapons at Work? States Consider Requiring Employers to Allow Firearms in Employees' Vehicles

Several states – including Alabama, Tennessee, and North Carolina – are currently considering legislation that would require employers to allow their employees to bring firearms to work and store them in their vehicles...more

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