Ohio Employment Law Update – January 2017

Ohio

Firearms on Employer Premises

On December 19, 2016, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed legislation (S.B. 199) expanding the state’s concealed carry law. Pursuant to the law, employers may no longer prohibit employees with a valid concealed handgun license from transporting or storing a firearm on employer property so long as the following conditions are met:

  • Each firearm and all of the ammunition remains inside the person’s privately owned motor vehicle while the person is physically present inside the motor vehicle, or each firearm and all of the ammunition is locked within the trunk, glove box, or other enclosed compartment or container within or on the person’s privately owned motor vehicle; and
  • The vehicle is in an authorized location.

The law also provides that employers will not be held liable for damages resulting from an employee’s storage or transportation of a firearm, unless the employer intentionally solicited the injurious actions.

The law goes into effect on March 20, 2017.

Read OH S.B. 199