Guns at Work

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    Although the Kansas Legislature didn't pass any legislation that will significantly affect private employers in Kansas this year, lawmakers did pass two laws that will have an impact on employers and employees in the public sector. Read on to learn about new laws that eliminate due process for public schoolteachers and restrict municipalities'...
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    No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session. — Mark Twain The 2014 Kansas legislative session is in full swing. Unlike the last two years, when well-supported bills to overhaul parts of the Kansas workers' compensation, wage payment, and unemployment laws were on the agenda, there are no major...
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    The Tennessee Legislature kicked off its 2014 session in January, and there has already been some interesting activity in the employment law realm. We wanted to take the opportunity to provide an update on a couple of legislative "hot topics" that may affect our readers. We will continue to keep you posted as this year's session unfolds. Guns in...
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    In a move that will affect the actions of state universities and other public entities, Florida's 1st District Court of Appeals (DCA) has struck down a regulation implemented by the University of North Florida (UNF) that prohibited students from having guns in vehicles on campus. In an opinion with several concurring opinions and a dissent, the...
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    Workplace violence has always been a concern for employers. With increased scrutiny on the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in the news, employers are thinking about guns in the workplace more and more. Below are some things to keep in mind when thinking about the issue. Employers and the Second Amendment The first thing you should...
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    It's common for employers to have policies banning guns in the workplace, regardless of whether the employee has a concealed-carry license (CCL). Public employers may need to revisit those policies in light of amendments to the Kansas concealed-carry law, which became effective July 1. New rules for public buildings The Kansas Personal and...
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    The first regular session of the Maine Legislature adjourned on June 19. With the legislature taking the summer off, we'd like to review what happened in Augusta during another lengthy and unusually contentious session. It won't surprise many of you to learn that while many attempts were made to change Maine's employment laws, very few were...
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    The law giving handgun carry permit holders the right to transport and store firearms and ammunition in vehicles parked in an employer's parking lot went into effect July 1. With the enforcement deadline here, employers understandably want to know whether to alter current "no-weapons" policies that ban weapons on all parts of company property,...
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    Despite strong opposition from the business community, on May 22, Governor Robert Bentley signed into law Alabama's "bring your gun to work" act. The law prohibits employers from restricting employees from keeping guns in their cars in company parking lots. As a bonus, the law creates a new legal claim that allows employees to sue their employer...
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    Current New Hampshire gun laws allow employers to ban guns from company property. Background With all the recent discussion about gun control, some employers may be wondering about their ability to prohibit weapons from the workplace. While several other states have passed laws that limit an employer's ability to completely ban guns from...
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