Employee Handbooks - Work Rules - Employee Conduct: Kansas
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-willemployment 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.