Indiana adds veteran protection to Civil Rights Act

June 02, 2014 0 COMMENTS

by Matthew A. Brown

An amendment to the Indiana Civil Rights Act (ICRA) going into effect July 1 means employers should assess their policies and practices to ensure they don’t discriminate on the basis of an applicant’s or employee’s status as a veteran.

Indiana House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1242 adds veteran status to the protected categories already covered in the ICRA—race, religion, color, sex, disability, national origin, and ancestry. A veteran under the ICRA includes not only someone who served in the U.S. armed forces but also a member of the Indiana National Guard or a reserves component of the armed forces.

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Governor Daniels Signs “Bring Your Gun to Work” Bill Into Law

March 19, 2010 0 COMMENTS

On March 18, Governor Mitch Daniels signed into law a bill allowing most employees in the state to bring weapons onto their employer’s property as long as the weapons are kept out of plain sight in locked vehicles. The bill will take effect July 1, 2010.

In the signing statement accompanying the bill, Governor Daniels acknowledged the broad bipartisan support the legislation had received in the legislature. He also acknowledged and encouraged the legislature to resolve the bill’s ambiguities to avoid unnecessary litigation. Most significantly, however, the governor’s decision to sign the legislation rested in large part on the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the “even stronger language” of the Indiana Constitution, which states: “The people shall have a right to bear arms, for the defense of themselves and the State.” Here is Governor Daniels’ complete signing statement:

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