Weapons in the Workplace

Author: Melissa Gonzalez Boyce, XpertHR Legal Editor

Before an employer places an outright ban on all weapons in the workplace, it must consider whether state law protects an employee's right to bear arms under certain circumstances and in designated areas. These laws generally allow employees to store firearms in their personal vehicles while parked on the employer's premises, but also allow employers to prohibit employees from bringing firearms into the workplace itself. The laws often include a signage requirement to notify employees of the places firearms are prohibited.

In addition, an employer that wishes to search employees' property for weapons must take care to ensure the search is reasonable and does not violate employees' privacy rights.

Accordingly, employers should be fully aware of the state laws at play prior to creating any policies on this topic.

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