Guns on Employer Property: Legal and Practical Concerns in Mitigating Workplace Violence

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CD Only                 $349.00 includes recorded presentation, slides, and Q&A
Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): Mark R. Waterfill, partner, Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP, Indianapolis, IN
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Nearly half of the states have enacted, and many more are considering, laws that prohibit employers from banning guns and firearms on their property. For employers concerned with reducing the potential for workplace violence to erupt, these “parking lot laws” create a conflict between an employee’s right in most states to own and carry a concealed weapon and the employer’s right to control its property and maintain a safe workplace. Advocates of these laws contend that people have the right to self defense, and at a minimum should be able to keep firearms in their cars without punishment from the employer. Employers, however, are concerned about the risks and potential harm to people and property that could come from allowing firearms at work, along with the potential for significant liability should harm transpire. Although some state laws immunize the employer from liability should an employee’s use of a firearm at work or on the property result in harm, others do not. Even with immunity afforded by these laws, it is unclear if many of the common liability concerns that arise in workplace violence litigation, namely negligent screening, hiring, and supervision issues, would still apply.

Please join Mark R. Waterfill as he discusses the employer’s responsibilities regarding workplace violence. He will outline the employer’s key responsibilities to create a safe workspace, and how gun-related laws complicate the equation when it comes to mitigating the risk of liability should violence take place.


This webinar will address:

  • What workplace violence means and the employer’s responsibilities to prevent it
  • Laws affecting employer and employee rights regarding weapons in the workplace and on employer property
  • Immunity considerations when firearm-related harm occurs, and why it may not completely insulate the employer from liability
  • Negligent hiring, supervision, or retention concerns
  • Potential for vicarious liability for employee acts under common law
  • Employer strategies to protect and defend against liability
  • Policies regarding firearm possession on employer property
  • Employee screening considerations and limitations


Your conference leader for “Guns on Employer Property: Legal and Practical Concerns in Mitigating Workplace Violence” is Mark R. Waterfill. Mr.Waterfill is a partner with Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP in the firm’s Indianapolis office. He is part of the firm's Labor & Employment and Litigation Practice Groups. Mr. Waterfill is widely recognized in the field of employment law and focuses on litigating commercial disputes. Mr. Waterfill has handled first-chair responsibility in several complex litigation matters ranging from class-action overtime and age discrimination cases to securities fraud, breach of contract and federal racketeering matters. Mr. Waterfill has litigated and successfully argued before the Indiana Court of Appeals on covenant not to compete and employment law issues. QUALITY COMMITMENT

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