New York City Lawmakers Ban Pre-Employment Drug Testing for Marijuana
Many employers in New York City will no longer be able to test job applicants for marijuana or THC–the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis–under a rule that was just adopted in the Big Apple. The new mandate will take effect in 2020.
“Prospective employers don’t test for alcohol, so marijuana should be no different. But in no way does this bill justify individuals going to work under the influence,” said Jumaane Williams, New York City’s public advocate and the legislation’s sponsor.
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More Workers Are Testing Positive
More U.S. workers are testing positive for marijuana, according to the annual Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index. The number of workers and job applicants who tested positive for marijuana climbed 10 percent last year to 2.3 percent. Positive test results for urine testing of marijuana, the most common type of testing done, continue to rise both for the general U.S. workforce and in regulated, safety-sensitive industries. Positive test results rose 8 percent for the general workforce to 2.8 percent and increased 5 percent for those in safety-sensitive jobs to 0.88 percent.
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