Does your organization have a “no weapons” policy? Are some of your employees hunters? Then you could encounter problems if legislation backed by the National Rifle Association (NRA) is enacted in your state. In January 2007, legislative proposals that could severely restrict an employer’s ability to ban weapons from its company property, including parking lots, have surfaced in a number of states, including Texas, Indiana
SHRM has opposed this legislation, arguing against employer mandates and in favor of leaving the decision to individual employers on what policies are best for their workplaces. SHRM’s recent 2006 Weapons in the Workplace study found that HR professionals overwhelmingly support public policies that allow employers to bar weapons from work sites.
SHRM is tracking this issue in the states.
For more information about this issue, please contact Kathleen Coulombein SHRM’s Governmental Affairs Department.
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