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Private employers in Utah generally may establish workplace gun policies

by Kirton McConkie PC on

GUNS AT WORK - In light of recent mass shootings in Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs, Texas, guns have become a hot topic. Some people want to enact bans and other regulations on cer­tain types of guns. Others adamantly...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

Workplace Discrimination and Gun Rights: The Confluence of Two Hot Button Issues in Pennsylvania

by Fisher Phillips on

On January 23, 2017, a noteworthy and interesting bill was introduced in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. House Bill 38, which was introduced and sponsored by fifteen (15) State Representatives, is aimed at expanding the...more

Expanded Concealed Carry Rights for Employees Go Into Effect on March 20, 2017

by Roetzel & Andress on

Ohio legislation expanding concealed carry laws will take effect on March 20, 2017. In December of last year, Governor Kasich signed into law Senate Bill 199, which allows employees with a valid concealed carry license to...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

The Employment Law Authority - January/February 2017

A Moving Target: The Not So Final Overtime Rule - On November 22, 2016, a federal judge for the Eastern District of Texas issued a preliminary injunction temporarily blocking the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) from...more

Governor Kasich Signs Legislation Expanding Concealed Carry Laws for Employers across Ohio

by Dickinson Wright on

On Monday, December 19, 2016, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed into law Senate Bill 199, a controversial piece of legislation intended to expand concealed carry laws for firearms in Ohio. Although originally limited to...more

The Top 10 Labor and Employment Issues Retailers Will Face in 2017

The coming of a new year always presents uncertainty for retail employers on the labor and employment front, but particularly so this year with the coming of the Trump administration and Republican majority in Congress....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

Fired For My Firearm? I’ll Sue!

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As if employers already did not have enough reasons to have to think through termination decisions carefully, here is yet another “trigger” word that should make employers think twice about plans to discipline or fire an...more

Guns and Motorcycle Clubs Oh My! – What’s an HR Manager To Do?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A couple of Circuit Court decisions last week may cause some trepidation for your company’s HR managers as they shuffle through the off-duty activities of company employees that get brought onto the...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 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

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

BRING-YOUR-GUN-TO-WORK-DAY? . . . . MAYBE! Swindol v. Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation

by Butler Snow LLP on

Robert Swindol brought his gun to work . . . kind of. He parked his car in the Aurora Flight Services parking lot with his firearm locked inside. Aurora’s mangers learned about the firearm and fired Swindol that day for...more

Lawyers, Guns, and Parking Lots – A review of Tennessee’s Public Chapter 80

by Butler Snow LLP on

The Tennessee Legislature recently provided employees with a valid handgun carry permit a new private right of action against their employers. As of July 1, 2015, pursuant to Public Chapter 80, Tennessee employees – who...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

June 19, 2015 Womble Legislative Update

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

A contentious week on Jones Street ends on a sad note. As the General Assembly takes up (or doesn’t) issues relating to abortion, economic incentives, access to guns, access to healthcare, tax fairness, Medicaid reform and...more

New Tennessee Business Related Laws Go Into Effect

by Burr & Forman on

Hundreds of new Tennessee laws went into effect on July 1, 2015. The following is a summary and link to several new laws which can affect Tennessee businesses. SB 1058 – Wrongful discharge for firearms and...more

Guns in the Trunks: Employees Now Can Sue Their Employers!

by Baker Donelson on

It has long been a crime to carry a gun on private property if prohibited by the owner. The enactment two years ago of the so-called "Guns in the Trunks" law changes this long standing law. See Tenn. Code Ann. 39-17-1313....more

Hold Your Fire: Tennessee Bars Employers from Terminating Employees for Complying with ‘Guns-in-Trunks’

Earlier this month, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed a law prohibiting employers from firing employees for complying with the state’s “guns-in-trunks” statute. The new law creates another exception to Tennessee’s...more

Tennessee Governor Signs Legislation Providing Additional Employment Protections for Handgun Owners

by FordHarrison on

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has signed legislation providing new employment protections for handgun owners. As discussed in more detail in our March 25, 2015 Alert, the new law creates a private right of action for any...more

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