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Thursday, May 24, 2012
On November 7, 2006, Ohio voters passed a ballot initiative to enact the Smoke Free Workplace Act. It became effective on December 7, 2006, and is codified in R.C. Chapter 3794.
Generally, to adhere to the Act, businesses must do four things:
Yesterday—in Wymsylo v. Bartec, Inc. [pdf]—the Ohio Supreme Court unanimously upheld the constitutionality of the Smoke Free Workplace Act.
If you have been dragging your feet in enforcing this law in your business, or have been hoping for a reprieve from the Ohio Supreme Court, you are out of luck. You need to ensure that your business complies with the Act and is smoke free.
In addition, whether you are in Ohio or another state, and your business is to be smoke-free, you should adopt a formal smoke-free policy, which includes formally designating where on your property employees are allowed to smoke (if allowed at all).
Lexis.com subscribers can access the Lexis enhanced version of the Wymsylo v. Bartec, Inc., 2012 Ohio 2187 (Ohio May 23, 2012) decision with summary, headnotes, and Shepard’s.
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