North Dakota employers need to be ready for new smoking law

November 12, 2012 0 COMMENTS

by Lisa Edison-Smith

North Dakota employers need to take steps to comply with a new antismoking law that will take effect on December 6, 2012.

On November 6, voters approved Measure 4 by a 2-1 margin. The law “prohibit[s] smoking, including the use of electronic smoking devices, in public places and most places of employment in the state, including certain outdoor areas.” It also provides that employers have “notification and enforcement responsibilities.”

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Michigan Indoor-Smoking Ban Takes Effect Saturday

April 28, 2010 5 COMMENTS

Effective May 1, 2010, smoking will be prohibited in most Michigan workplaces, restaurants, and bars.

The law, known as the “Dr. Ron Davis Law,” was signed by Governor Jennifer Granholm on December 18, 2009, and bans smoking indoors in Michigan “public places.” Under the law, “public places” are defined to include most places of employment, indoor areas owned by the state or local government, and privately owned indoor areas for general public use (e.g., educational facilities, auditoriums, arenas, and theaters). Smoking is also prohibited in food service establishments.

The law does have limited exceptions for motor vehicles in which work is conducted, home offices in which the owner/lessee doesn’t employ other workers, and certain cigar bars, tobacco shops, and casinos.

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