October 12, 2018 / 11:42 PM / 4 months ago

7th Circuit backs arbitrator's ruling that state gun law trumped employer's policy

A U.S. appeals court on Friday said that an arbitrator had the authority to rule that an Illinois electrical service provider’s policy barring workers from having weapons at work was invalid under the state’s law permitting concealed carry of licensed guns.

A unanimous three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that because Ameren Illinois Co and a linemens’ union agreed that provisions of their collective bargaining agreement could be suspended if they conflicted with state or federal laws, an arbitrator was able to apply Illinois’ concealed carry law to the case.

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