by Richard I. Thomas, Esq. and Robert A. Gallagher, Esq.
In June, Gov. Ed Rendell signed into law the Clean Indoor Air Act (CIAA), which regulates smoking in places across the commonwealth (except the city of Philadelphia because it already has a similar smoking ban in place).
The CIAA prohibits smoking in indoor areas such as enclosed public places, restaurants, nightclubs and workplaces. A workplace is defined as an indoor area serving as a place of employment, occupation, business, trade, craft or professional or volunteer activity. This includes offices, meeting rooms, production and storage areas, cafeterias, lunchrooms, break rooms, restrooms, stairways, etc. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, a workplace is enclosed when at least a portion of the building is enclosed with a floor, walls and a ceiling.
In certain circumstances, however, determining exactly when a work space becomes...(register to read more)
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