Workplace screening ban takes effect in New York
This weekend, New York City banned many employers from testing job seekers for cannabis use under a law that has just come into effect. Most job seekers will no longer have to worry about a drug test thanks to this new law.
This law entered into force last year, as the largest city in the country took a new step in the evolution of the regulation labor policies regarding weed. A few months later, Nevada passed a similar law, which came into effect on January 1, according to which applicants cannot be refused for failing a drug test.
Unlike Nevada, recreational weed is illegal in New York City. The medicinal use is authorized.
New York law prohibits companies from requiring pre-hire screening tests, except for applicants for positions in law enforcement, child care, business driving and certain other jobs. This measure does not prevent employers from subjecting their current employees to tests or firing them if they fail.
Supporters of the testing ban said job seekers were unfairly judged on their private behavior, rather than their professional ability.
"Particularly now, as we are in an economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the worst levels of unemployment in a century, we must create more access points to employment, not less," said Tuesday. the city's public attorney, Jumaane Williams, a Democrat who sponsored the law.
Some members of city council and business groups have said private companies should be free to exercise their own judgment on the suitability of marijuana use for employment.
Drug testing has become common in the United States since the late 1980s. Testing for weed, meanwhile, is being reconsidered as the herb gains legal traction. Most states now have medical cannabis testing programs, and 11 states and the District of Columbia allow the use of weed for recreational purposes.