Similar bills are being considered by state legislatures in California, Georgia, Connecticut, Indiana, Maryland, Kentucky, Missouri, New Jersey, Nebraska, New York, New Mexico, Ohio, Texas, Pennsylvania and Vermont. Check back frequently for the latest updates on those bills.
By contrast, New Jersey is currently considering a law that would allow employers to share an employee’s or former employee’s credit history, work evaluations and other information in the personnel file with prospective employers or government agencies.
In most of these states, the limits to an employer’s use of credit checks apply to all employment decisions. However, the Florida and Michigan bills would only restrict use of credit history in hiring. An employer could still use a credit report for employment decisions regarding current employees.
The Michigan Smoke-Free Law goes into effect on May 1, 2010. Employers need to act now to post “no smoking” signs (including those with the international symbol for no smoking) at entrances. Signs must also be posted on outdoor patios and rooftops if food and beverages are served there.
Employers must also remove ashtrays and any equipment or furnishing that is necessarily used for smoking. Employers and supervisors are required by law to inform any worker who smokes that he or she is in violation of state law and subject to fines and penalties. In addition, employers are required by law to refuse service to any individual customer who is smoking. Under the law, the employer must ask a customer who is smoking to stop. If the customer refuses, the employer must ask him or her to leave the premises.
The act is also referred to as the Ron M. Davis Law, after the former Chief Medical Officer of the Michigan Department of Community Health. It prohibits smoking in bars, restaurants and other public spaces, including most workplaces. Under the law, smoking is banned in malls, bowling alleys, arenas, museums, mechanic shops, health clubs, nursing homes, schools and child care centers. The law also bans smoking in offices, even in private offices in commercial buildings.
The Michigan law bans smoking in places of employment defined as enclosed indoor areas with one or more work areas, for one or more persons. Home offices are exempt if they are used as a primary residence and only one person works there.
Smoking is also prohibited in indoor (more…)
Smoking will be prohibited in all public places and indoor workplaces including restaurants, hotels and bars under the Michigan Smoking Ban. Under the law, the “workplace” is defined as any place that serves food or drink and has at least one employee.
Smoking will still be permitted in vehicles, even those vehicles used for work. It will also be permitted in home offices, according to the Detroit Free Press.
As we previously reported, Michigan is the 38th state to pass a smoking ban, which becomes effective on May 1, 2010. An exception to the ban will permit smoking on the gambling floor of the Detroit-area casinos, while prohibiting smoking in casino bars, restaurants and hotels.
Hookah bars and cigar bars can continue to operate as long as they do not serve any food or beverages. Smoking is banned on the outdoor patios of restaurants, and in all hotel rooms. Workers on construction sites are permitted to smoke outside, but not inside.
This law is the result of a decade-long effort by Michigan legislators, mostly Democrats, to implement a smoking ban. A recent survey shows that 66% of Michigan voters support some type of smoking ban.
Employers must post appropriate non-smoking signs throughout the workplace, especially at entrances and exits. Ashtrays and other smoking implements are prohibited. If an employee is caught smoking, the employee will be subject to tickets, fines and penalties. The fine is $100 for the first violation and up to $500 for subsequent violation. This also applies to customers, (more…)
The Michigan smoking ban will go into effect on May 1, 2010. The law prohibits smoking in almost all bars, restaurants and workplaces. Exceptions to the smoking include tobacco specialty stores and cigar bars. Smoking will also be allowed in home offices and motor vehicles – even motor vehicles used for work.
Under the new law, smoking will be permitted on the gambling floor of the Detroit-area casinos, but prohibited in the casino bars, restaurants and hotels. The casino exemption was a compromise between House Democrats and conservatives in the Michigan Senate.
Michigan seems poised to pass a smoking ban that would affect almost all employers, including restaurants and bars, in the next legislative session. Both the state house and senate passed bills protecting employees from second-hand smoke in the workplace in 2008. However, the two bills had significant differences and the legislature was unable to resolve those differences before they adjourned for the summer in late May.
Bills to ban smoking in restaurants and bars were introduced in 2007 in both the Michigan House and Senate. In each case, the bills generated a lot of debate and were sent into the 2008 legislative session.
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