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Employee Handbooks - Work Rules - Employee Conduct: Kansas

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: Jason Janoski and Alan L. Rupe, Kutak Rock LLP


  • Kansas is an at-will employment state. See Employment At-Will.
  • An employee handbook will generally not create an implied contract, but an employer should exercise caution and make sure that the employee handbook includes a disclaimer regarding at-will employment and a reservation of the employer's right to modify, change or ignore policies. See Implied Contracts.
  • Kansas law prohibits smoking in places of employment, with limited exceptions. See Non-Smoking Law.
  • Kansas employers may not prohibit employees from possessing a handgun in their vehicles parked on the employer's premises. See Workplace Violence and Safety > Firearms.
  • Kansas has laws addressing nepotism in both private and public employment. See Nepotism.
  • State employees are prohibited from engaging in political activities while at work. See Political Activity > Public Employees.
  • Kansas has no law prohibiting drug or alcohol testing in a private workplace. See Drug and Alcohol Use and Testing > Private Employment.
  • Employees may be entitled to privacy in personal phone calls at work, especially if the employer has not discouraged personal calls. See Employee Use of Communication Systems.
  • Accrued but unused vacation time is not considered wages payable upon termination of employment, unless the employer's policy makes them payable upon termination. See Wage Payment.