Nevada Bans Pre-Employment Marijuana Testing
Las Vegas, USA — Nevada has become the first US state to ban employers from discriminating against workers for Marijuana use, with some few exceptions.
Assembly Bill No 132 which was signed by Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak states that it is now unlawful for employers to refuse hiring workers who are tested positive for marijuana on a drug screening test.
The bill also stated some exceptions. According to the legislation, those who are applying to become firefighters and or emergency medical technicians can be refused for hiring if found positive. Those who are also applying for jobs that require the utilization of motor vehicle are not also protected by the ban.
“As our legal cannabis industry continues to flourish, it’s important to ensure that the door of economic opportunity remains open for all Nevadans. That’s why I was proud to sign AB 132 into law, which contains common-sense exceptions for public safety and transportation professionals,” Governor Sisolak said in a statement.
The bill also allows employees who are required to submit a screening test within the first 30 days of being hired the chance to take a second test, at the expense of the employee.
The law goes into effect on January 1, 2020.
In 2016, the People of Nevada voted for the recreational use of cannabis legal in the entire state. The said law was implemented on January 1, 2017.
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