HR Policies on Weapons in the Workplace

Court Strikes Blow Against Employers’ Right to Set Workplace Rules on Guns

In a February 18 ruling by a three-judge panel, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit upheld the right of employees to store legally-owned firearms in a locked vehicle while parked on company property  —  even if the employer has a rule that prohibits firearms on the worksite.

The ruling struck down a lower court decision that had blocked the implementation of a 2004 Oklahoma law that would have restricted employers’ ability to ban weapons on workplace property.  The lower court had found that the Oklahoma law conflicted with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act’s “general duty” clause.

The U.S. Court of Appeals decision is a major victory for gun rights advocates.  To date, six other states have enacted similar laws to Oklahoma’s statute and, as a result of the February 18 ruling, other states may follow.  (SHRM)

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