Smoking, Tattoos, Weapons: Can My Company Ban That?

Employers can struggle with what steps they can take and what policies they should have in place to help promote a safe and productive work environment. In today’s ever-changing legal and societal landscape, questions abound. Employers wonder whether marijuana use (now legal in several states) and E-cigarettes can be prohibited at work, and how to address weapons in the workplace given the increase in states passing open carry laws. There are also questions about enacting policies to restrict visible tattoos and piercings at the work site. This timely article offers information about these four subjects and three other areas where employers often question their degree of control: solicitation, gambling and discussions about pay.