What the Concealed Carry Law Means for Staffing Companies

September 19th, 2013

Illinois House Bill 183 (found here) became law on July 9, 2013, making Illinois the last state to allow possession and concealed carry of a loaded firearm outside the home. The 2013 Illinois “Firearms Concealed Carry Act” lets a licensed gun owner carry concealed firearms in most workplaces unless the property owner prohibits concealed firearms on the property by posting a 4” by 6” sign.

If property owners and employers do not prohibit guns at the workplace, they could be liable for the resulting gun violence. Such liability may or may not be covered under the insurance policies of your staffing company and/or clients.

Considerations

  • Unlike the laws in neighboring states, the Illinois law does not limit the liability of property owners or employers who permit concealed carry on their properties.
  • Business owners who rent may be at the mercy of their landlords to bar firearms on property that is not owned by them.
  • The law does not affect the employer’s right to regulate their employee’s behavior while the employee is working within the scope of his or her employment.
  • Property owners and employers in all states that allow firearms in the workplace may be liable for workers’ compensation, negligence and other tort liability based on injuries due to gun violence.

Exceptions

The Illinois statute still prohibits concealed carry at schools, government buildings, local parks, athletic facilities, hospitals, nursing homes and other medical facilities, transportation facilities, colleges/universities, sports arenas, libraries, zoos, museums and amusement parks.

 

Quote of the Month

September 5th, 2013

“When there is danger, a good leader takes the front line; but when there is celebration, a good leader stays in the back of the room”
-Nelson Mandela

Leadership Tip

September 5th, 2013

Critical thinking is a vital leadership skill. Do you allow yourself time to simply sit and think–about your industry, your company, your career? Carve out a few hours a month to brainstorm fresh ways to solve problems, or simply think through what the next year will likely bring. As a wise person once said, “Invest a few moments in thinking. It will pay good interest.”

 

Fall Fitness

September 5th, 2013

Just because summer is over doesn’t mean your window for fitness has closed. Here are some great healthy activities you can engage in when the air turns crisp and the days grow short.

Go for a walk.  There seems to be no end to the benefits of walking. Several studies over the past few years have found that walking can help you lose weight, relieve back pain and mental fatigue, boost your creativity, improve digestion and even out blood sugar levels.

Start a physical activity class. As the year begins to wind down, many indoor recreational classes are just starting up. Take advantage of gym and studio calendars to start a new fitness program or learn a new active skill.

Rake leaves.  Even yard work counts as exercise. It is a great activity for targeting upper body strength while incorporating some cardio and can burn over 200 calories an hour.