Guns in the Workplace: New Challenges Presented by Increasing State Regulation
One of an employer's most basic goals is ensuring that it provides a safe workplace for its employees. The debate over gun control laws is a vigorous and passionate one, and the issue of gun possession rights in the workplace has become a major component of that public discussion. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, work-related homicides claimed the lives of an average of 551 workers per year from 2006 to 2010, and shootings accounted for 78 per-cent of all workplace homicides in 2010. Accordingly, many employers have been looking to develop specific policies addressing the possession of firearms in the workplace. In formulating such policies, one of the paramount considerations must be the many state laws limiting employers' ability to restrict employees' gun possession.