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Guns At Work: How To Legally Balance Workplace Safety With Local ‘Parking Lot’ Laws

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About This Course:
It goes without saying that you want your workplace to be safe for all. Accordingly, you may have established rules that prohibit all weapons at work, including knives and guns.

But many states have passed “parking lot” laws, which give employees the right to keep their guns in the locked trunks of their cars during work hours, even if the car is parked in an employer’s parking lot.

Join us for a comprehensive overview of the impact local gun laws can have on your workplace policies and how to take steps to ensure a safe workplace for all, while protecting gun owners’ rights.

You’ll learn:
  • The impact “parking lot laws” have on what an employer can and can’t do with respect to policies addressing weapons at work
  • Which states currently have “parking lot laws” on their books and what those laws generally entail
  • Parking-lot law limits, so you’ll better understand what you can and can’t require of employee gun owners
  • Whether an unloaded gun is still considered a weapon
  • How to set a company policy that is clear and well-displayed for visitors and employees regarding weapons possession on site
  • Whether you have to allow employees to lock a gun in the trunk of a company-owned vehicle
  • Best practices for performing background checks on prospective hires to protect your company from liability under negligence laws
  • How to set up safety policies, such as emergency preparation training, so employees know what to do in case of a shooting
  • Whether you are allowed to ask employees if they have guns in their cars
  • Laws that allow gun owners to take civil action against their employers for violating gun laws
  • And much more!
About Your Presenters:
Charles L. Plumb, Esq.
Shareholder, Practice Group Leader
McAfee & Taft

Charlie Plumb is a shareholder. He 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 also 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. As part of his labor practice, Mr. Plumb represents unionized employers in collective bargaining negotiations with labor unions, arbitrates grievances, and defends management against a variety of claims before the National Labor Relations Board and Department of Justice and in state and federal courts.

Charlie is a member of the American Bar Association's Labor and Employment Law Section and the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Labor Council. He is also the designated representative of McAfee & Taft as the exclusive member firm representing Oklahoma in the Employers Counsel Network, a nationwide affiliation of leading law firms providing legal assistance and representation to employers.

Mr. Plumb is a frequent speaker on labor and employment issues before state, regional and national audiences, has been interviewed by local and national media on a variety of state and federal employment law matters, and has been a guest legal columnist and contributing author to numerous business and professional publications, including The Oklahoman, The Journal Record, HRlaws.com, and EmployerLINC, a legal blog dedicated to employers and workplace issues. He is also co-editor of the Oklahoma Employment Law Letter, a monthly review of new court decisions, regulations and laws that affect state employers, as well as co-editor for the Oklahoma section of the annual guidebook for employers and human resources professionals, 50 Employment Laws in 50 States.

Philip BrucePhilip R. Bruce, Esq.
Associate
McAfee & Taft

Phil Bruce, an associate at McAfee & Taft, counsels and represents employers exclusively in all aspects of labor and employment law, including matters involving wage and hour law, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, employee handbook policies and procedures, discipline and termination, drug and alcohol testing, medical and disability leave, litigation avoidance, and compliance with a myriad of state and federal laws. He also defends employers in state and federal courts, before administrative agencies, and in arbitration against claims of workplace harassment, Title VII employment discrimination, FLSA violations, and wrongful discharge and retaliation.

A portion of Mr. Bruce’s practice is devoted to complex business litigation, including breach of contract cases, breach of confidentiality cases, and cases involving Lanham Act violations. His achievements have earned him inclusion in Oklahoma Super Lawyers' list of “Oklahoma Rising Stars,” which recognizes the state’s up-and-coming attorneys.

Mr. Bruce’s major writing credits include co-authoring and updating “Oklahoma Employment Law: Practice and Forms Manual”, published by Data Trace Publishing Company, since 2013. He also serves as a contributing author to the Oklahoma Employment Law Letter and EmployerLINC.
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