Should Employers Ban E-Cigarettes in the Workplace?

Posted on 03-25-2014 by
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The growing popularity of e-cigarettes is perplexing employers on the issue of workplace bans. An article featured in the LexisNexis® Legal Newsroom Labor and Employment Law Blog poses the question, should the use of e-cigarettes be considered a reasonable accommodation in the workplace?

 In an excerpt from the article, author Karen Elliott writes:

 “Employers are already facing questions from employees who seek to use these devices in the workplace. Some 29 states and the District of Columbia have laws prohibiting smoking in the workplace, but the statutory language may not include e-cigarettes in the definition of ‘smoke.’ Therefore, if employers want to restrict the use of e-cigarettes, they will have to update their workplace rules. Most employer handbooks prohibit smoking in the workplace, but are probably silent on whether the ban extends to use of e-cigarettes.”

 What are your thoughts about e-cigarettes? Are employers within their right to puff away while in the confines of their cube?

 Read the complete article via the LexisNexis® Legal Newsroom | Labor and Employment Law Blog

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