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Packing Heat at Work: Balancing Laws, Rights, and Security

Dozens of states have laws that protect workers when taking guns to work. How far, though, do those rights extend? An informative session at BLR’s upcoming Workplace Violence Prevention Symposium in Savannah, Georgia, will address this complicated issue.

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The Workplace Violence Prevention Symposium, which will take place March 6 and 7, 2018, will include a session titled Packing Heat: Your Organization’s Duty to Ensure Worker Safety While Respecting Legal Bounds Under States’ Gun Control and Concealed Carry Laws presented by Jeffrey Zisner, CPP, president and CEO of AEGIS Security & Investigations, Inc. The session will explore the types of protections to which workers are entitled for exercising their right to carry a gun on your property under applicable state laws, and what you can do to ensure that they comply with your internal policies designed to maintain a safe, healthful work environment. You’ll learn:

  • Mistakes employers have made that increased their liability for violating employees’ rights under state-based concealed-carry laws;
  • Legal steps to take if employees overstep the rights afforded to them under such laws; and
  • How state gun control laws factor into organizational security-risk policy development.

As a Bureau of Security & Investigative Services Security instructor, private investigator, ASIS certified protection professional, and a coordinator through the FBI’s Infragard Commercial Facilities Sector, Zisner’s expertise in the security industry and dedication to training make this session a must-see for professionals looking to secure their facilities while also respecting state law and the rights of their employees.

In addition to this session, the nation’s leading practical conference on workplace violence prevention provides other practical workplace violence prevention training, including:

  • Domestic violence concerns;
  • Dealing with conflicting ideological beliefs;
  • Compliant employment screening practices;
  • Cyberbullying and electronic harassment;
  • Dealing with worker mental health-related issues;
  • And much more!

Also, there will be many opportunities to network with peers and expert presenters and share ideas of what is working—and not working—in the world of workplace violence prevention. In addition, the conference program has been preapproved for recertification credits that can be applied toward professional development.