Imagine that, private businesses that want to restrict employees civil rights aren't helped by laws in certain states.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 percent 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.
Georgia law contains a similar restriction, although an employer may search an employee's vehicle for a firearm if "the situation would lead a reasonable person to believe that accessing the vehicle is necessary to prevent an immediate threat to human health, life or safety." Ga. Code. Ann. Â§16-11-135.
As with nearly every decision it makes, an employer seeking to address the issue of gun possession and violence in the workplace must pay careful attention to the detailed patchwork of federal, state and local laws governing its actions and policies. This framework is likely to continue to increase in complexity as states (and potentially the federal government) attempt to balance the rights of gun owners with employers' entitlement to create appropriate policies concerning their workplaces and the safety of their employees.