Tennessee Violence in the Workplace laws & safety compliance analysis

Tennessee Violence in the Workplace: What you need to know


The Tennessee Concealed Weapons Statute allows employers to ban firearms on premises owned, managed, or under the control of a corporation or business, excluding firearms covered by a valid handgun carry permit stored in employee-owned vehicles in parking lots. (See Parking lots, below, for details.) The ban may apply both to employees and nonemployees, including job applicants and visitors (TN Code Sec. 39-17-1315 et seq.).

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The workplace ban must apply to all employees equally and should include subsidiaries and affiliates. An employer must give notice to employees that employment and entry to the workplace is contingent on compliance with the no-firearms policy. The policy must be posted and otherwise communicated to employees. An employer may implement the policy through disciplinary measures or termination of employees who violate it. Employers may also include a provision in their policies to authorize searches of desks, lockers, and other property of the employer for firearms and ask that employees sign a consent form agreeing to such searches as a condition of employment.

UPDATE: Effective July 1, 2021 there is no longer a requirement that individuals go through a permit training course to carry a handgun in Tennessee. The new law allows for both open and concealed carrying of handguns for people 21 and older without a permit as well as military members 18 to 20 years old. The constitutional carry bill changes the licensing requirement for handguns but does not apply to long guns. The law does not change the places where carrying a firearm is prohibited.

Posting. Notice of the workplace firearms ban should be posted conspicuously at entrances to buildings and parking lots.

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