TN Employers May Prohibit Carrying Firearms Onto Business Property

Tennessee employers and business owners may prohibit employees and patrons from carrying firearms and weapons onto business premises. This is true even when an employee or patron possesses a lawful open or concealed carry permit.

However, in order to prohibit such firearms, employers and business owners must comply with the notice requirements set forth in Tennessee Code Annotated (“T.C.A.”) section 39-17-1359(b).

The new requirements are very specific. The notice must:

  • Be displayed in “prominent locations including all entrances primarily used by persons entering the property;”
  • Be “plainly visible to the average person entering the property;”
  • Be in English, and it also may be duplicated in any language used by persons who frequent the property;
  • Include the phrase “NO FIREARMS ALLOWED” and that phrase must be at least one inch high and eight inches wide;
  • Include the phrase “as authorized by T.C.A. § 39-17-1359” (apparently in any size you want); and
  • Include a “pictorial representation of the phrase ‘NO FIREARMS ALLOWED,’” and if you were wondering what exactly that means, the statute tells you.
    • It must include a “circle with a diagonal line through the circle and an image of a firearm inside the circle under the diagonal line.” The “pictorial representation” must be at least four inches high and four inches wide, and the diagonal line must be at a 45 degree angle from the upper left of the circle to the lower right side of the circle.

If the building or property is posted with a proper “no firearms” notice, then possession of a weapon on posted property is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by a $500 fine. Even if you are a handgun carry permit holder, you can still commit a Class B misdemeanor for possessing a weapon on posted property. However, handgun-carry permit holders are permitted to keep their firearms and ammunition locked inside their vehicles even if the property is posted in accordance with Tennessee’s so-called “guns-in-trunks” law.

To help our patrons comply, All In One Poster Company has designed this 11″ x 17″ poster that adheres to the new posting requirements. Individuals, businesses, and government entities that were already posted as no-weapons areas as of January 1, 2015 have until January 1, 2018 to replace them with signs that meet the new statute’s requirements. If, however, you are late to the “no weapons” posting party, make sure you get a compliant sign. Click on the image below to purchase.

TN No Firearms Allowed 11x17

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Tennessee Law Requires Certain Large Employers to Use Federal E-Verify Program

Requirement Begins January 1, 2017

A new law in Tennessee requires employers with 50 or more employeesto use the federal E-Verify program to verify the work authorization status of employees.

Background
U.S. law requires companies to employ only individuals who may legally work in the United States—either U.S. citizens or foreign citizens who have the necessary authorization. E-Verify is an Internet-based system that allows businesses to determine the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States. Use of E-Verify is mandatory for certain federal contractors. Certain private companies may also be required by state law to use E-Verify.

Tennessee law generally requires employers with 6 or more employees to verify the employment eligibility of employees and nonemployees (such as independent contractors). Employers may verify employee eligibility using the federal E-Verify program or request and maintain an identity or employment authorization document, such as a passport, birth certificate, or valid alien registration.

New Law
Under the new law, employers with 50 or more employees must enroll in and use the federal E-Verify program to verify the work authorization status of employees hired on or after January 1, 2017.

Employers who enroll in and utilize the E-Verify program must maintain a record of any results generated by the program. The E-Verify program only verifies the eligibility of employees, not nonemployees; documents are required for nonemployees.

Click here for more information and other provisions of the law.

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