Gun-related violence seems to be in headline after headline today - from last year's tragic events in Newtown to the recent mass shooting in a Washington, D.C., Navy Yard.
Workplaces are not immune to the dangers of violent assaults. According to the Department of Labor, there were 16,910 cases of non-fatal assaults and violent acts in 2011 that caused employees to miss work. To minimize the risk of such actions, many employers have issued preventative policies that may include a ban on weapons in the workplace.
But what are the legal pitfalls around such actions? There is no current federal law that dictates weapon policy in private workplaces. However, some states have initiated guns-at-work laws, which are designed to protect employees' Second Amendment rights.
In order to find that balance, it's crucial for you to understand the current laws regulating guns at work and where gun regulation is heading.
Participate in this interactive webinar, and you'll learn:
- The current state of gun laws in the U.S and what's likely to happen in the coming months given the current administration's priority on gun control
- The details and status of proposed "guns-at-work" legislation around the country
- How guns-at-work laws are written, what they say, and how they apply to your day-to-day operations
- The logistics of guns-at-work laws, including what kinds of notice must you post, what the fees or penalties are if you fail to comply, and exceptions to the rule
- Your rights to restrict guns in your workplace, regardless of an employee's or customer's legal right to carry a weapon (concealed or otherwise)
- What happens when there is a gun-related incident in the workplace
- How negligence laws apply to situations involving guns at work and mental trauma from witnessing violent events
- How to protect your workplace from the potential spill-over of domestic violence
- A summary of best practices for employers when it comes to managing guns in the workplace
- How to talk to your employees to both reassure people their rights are respected and that their safety is assured
- Tips for ensuring that terminations don't turn explosive
- Red flags to watch for that could indicate a possibility of future violence
- The emergency plan to have in place in the event a gun emergency erupts at your organization risk free.
About your Speaker:
Attorney Charlie Plumb is a shareholder with McAfee &Taft in the Tulsa, Oklahoma office. Mr. Plumb represents management in all phases of employment law and labor relations. Much of his practice is dedicated to counseling employers on compliance with a broad range of state and federal employment laws and regulations and educating management on best practices for avoiding disputes arising from the employer-employee relationship. He has extensive litigation experience before federal and state courts, regulatory, and administrative agencies, and in arbitration matters involving claims of discrimination, wrongful discharge, retaliatory discharge, breach of contract, and constitutional law violations. He can be reached at (918) 574-3003 and firstname.lastname@example.org.