New York ban on screening takes effect
This weekend, New York City banned many employers from screening job seekers for cannabis use under a law that just came into force. Most job seekers will no longer have to worry about getting tested because of this new law.
This law entered into force last year, the largest city in the country having taken 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. Medicinal use is authorized.
New York law prohibits businesses from requiring screening tests before hiring, with the exception of applicants for positions in the police, child care, business conduct and certain other jobs. This does not prevent employers from testing their current employees or firing them if they fail.
Supporters of the test ban said jobseekers were unfairly judged on their private behavior, rather than their professional ability.
"Particularly now, while 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, not less, access to employment," said Tuesday. the city's public lawyer, Jumaane Williams, a Democrat who sponsored the law.
Some members of city council and business groups have said that private businesses should be free to make their own judgments about the appropriateness of using marijuana for hiring.
Drug testing has become common in the United States since the late 1980s. Weed testing, on the other hand, is being reconsidered as the plant gains legal ground. Most states now have medical cannabis testing programs, and 11 states and the District of Columbia allow recreational use of the herb.