Pa. High Court Reverses Police Officer Tobacco Ban

Law360, New York (July 22, 2010, 1:07 PM EDT) -- Pennsylvania's highest court has determined that municipal governments cannot unilaterally ban police officers from smoking in nonpublic places while on the job, ruling that such a prohibition is subject to mandatory bargaining with the police force's labor organization.

Six of the court's seven justices voted Wednesday to overturn an earlier ruling by the state's Commonwealth Court with respect to nonpublic places like police cruisers, but said it was acceptable for the town to prevent employees from smoking or using smokeless tobacco in public areas. There was...
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