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Employee Handbooks - Work Rules - Employee Conduct: Indiana

Employee Handbooks - Work Rules - Employee Conduct requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Authors: Stuart R. Buttrick, Susan W. Kline and Tareen Zafrullah, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP


  • Indiana is an employment at will state. See Employment at Will Doctrine.
  • Indiana courts do not consider employee handbooks to be binding contracts, unless a handbook indicates otherwise. See Employee Handbook Disclaimers.
  • Employers may not discriminate against employees or applicants for using tobacco products outside the course of employment. Effective July 1, 2012, Indiana law prohibits smoking in all places of employment subject to certain specified exceptions. See Smoking.
  • Employers may not influence employees' political opinions or actions. See Political Activities.
  • Employers may not infringe on certain rights with respect to firearms and ammunition. See Weapons in the Workplace.
  • Employers may seek injunctions and temporary restraining orders to protect employees from workplace violence. See Violence in the Workplace.
  • Employers may file civil actions against persons who knowingly participate in the illegal drug market because employees of the employers used illegal drugs. See Drug and Alcohol Use.
  • Employers may not discharge or otherwise retaliate against employees for complaining about violations of minimum wage laws. See Minimum Wage Retaliation.
  • Employers may not retaliate against employees for receiving or responding to jury summonses. See Jury Duty.
  • Employers may not retaliate against persons with garnishments or child support income withholding orders. See Garnishments and Child Support Income Withholding Orders.
  • A person may not intercept an electronic communication without the consent of either the sender or the receiver. See Interception of Electronic Communications.