Right to bare arms in the workplace

June 15th, 2018 by hrsimple


I remember a single panel comic from many years ago – sweaty members of the Constitutional Convention were discussing including the right to bare arms (try as I did, I was unable to find the comic – if you know where I can find it I would appreciate an email). With summer slowly approaching, and the air conditioning in our office still not functional, I can see us invoking that unwritten Amendment.

Regardless of your Second Amendment views, employee safety is and should be an expectation, for employees, customers and vendors. So how do you make that happen?

One option is to arm a few trained managers. SHRM answers these five questions (and more): 

  1. What are the risks and benefits?
  2. What if a gun is fired in the workplace?
  3. How will it affect employee morale?
  4. What are the policy considerations?
  5. What are alternatives (from our authors at Ogletree)?

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