August 1, 2008

As you know, the Iowa Smokefree Air Act became effective on July 1, 2008.  In the 30 days since the Act has been in effect, the Iowa Department of Health has received hundreds of complaints, and many businesses have received “notices of violation” of the law.  The purpose of this email is to remind you of the obligations of employers under the Act.

The Act prohibits smoking in public areas and places of employment in Iowa.  Smoking is prohibited in vehicles owned, leased, or provided by the employer as well.  In order to comply with the new law, all Iowa employers must do the following:

• Post “no-smoking” signs at entrances to non-smoking areas
• Inform all employees about the provisions of the law
• Remove all ashtrays from areas where smoking is prohibited

The Act also specifically prohibits employers from “discharge[ing], refus[ing] to employ, or in any manner retaliate[ing] against an employee, applicant for employment, or customer because that employee, applicant, or customer exercises any rights afforded under [the Act], registers a complaint, or attempts to prosecute a violation of [the Act].”

If you have any questions about your obligations under the Smokefree Air Act, or about any other matter, please contact a member of Ahlers & Cooney’s Employment Practice Group. 

The Ahlers & Cooney Employment & Labor Law Practice Group

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