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Can we ask our employees to not smoke on the premises? They

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Can we ask our employees to not smoke on the premises? They get smoke breaks but seems like they stand in front of doors and walkways into the building.
JA: What state are you in? It matters because laws vary by location.
Customer: Tennessee
JA: Has anything been filed or reported?
Customer: no
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: We are just reviewing our policy on this matter.
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Loren replied 5 months ago.

I am Loren, a licensed attorney for over 30 yrs. Thank you for your patience as I review the question. I will post my response shortly.

Expert:  Loren replied 5 months ago.

Smokers are not a protected class and you are free to regulate the areas where employees may smoke or ban it on the premises altogether.

You may enact employee rules regarding the activity. The employees have no claim for such action.

Expert:  Loren replied 5 months ago.

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