New Tennessee law allows guns in trunks at work

June 22, 2015 0 COMMENTS

by Kara E. Shea

A new Tennessee law clearing up two years of confusion related to whether employers can enforce no-weapons policies goes into effect July 1. Gun-rights advocates have prevailed.

The new law prohibits employers from firing employees for complying with Tennessee’s “guns in trunks” statute, which was passed in 2013. That law states that gun owners with handgun carry permits may bring firearms onto their employer’s property so long as they keep the guns locked in their vehicle out of “ordinary observation.”

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Who is a “supervisor”? Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling sides with employers

June 24, 2013 0 COMMENTS

In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court today held that an employee is considered a supervisor under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 only if the employer gave him or her the authority to take tangible employment actions (such as hiring, demoting, or disciplining) against the complaining employee.

The employee in the case, Maetta Vance, claimed she was harassed on the basis of race by a worker whom she viewed as a supervisor. She claimed the alleged harasser had the authority to direct her daily activities, but there was no evidence of any authority to fire, discipline, or take other tangible job actions. The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that even if the worker directed Vance’s day-to-day activities, those responsibilities weren’t enough to make her a supervisor for purposes of a harassment claim under Title VII.

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Tennessee House passes guns-in-cars bill

February 28, 2013 0 COMMENTS

Update: On March 14, 2013, Governor Bill Haslam signed SB 0142, which allows person with a valid handgun carry permit to transport and store a firearm or firearm ammunition in the permit holder’s privately-owned motor vehicle in public or private parking areas under certain conditions. 

by Kara Shea and Sara Anne Quinn

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Once ‘Moore’ with feeling: ‘Twas the Month of December—Again!

December 19, 2012 1 COMMENTS

by Vanessa L. Goddard

‘Twas the month of December, we’re early this year,
To plan against surprises as Christmas draws near.
In the past HR handled parties and drinking.
“What could possibly happen?” you might be thinking.

Our vets have come home this year—to their positions.
We’ve worked with our employees’ many transitions.
Taken care of the disabled; those on workers’ comp.
Times should be joyful, happy. We’re ready to romp!

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