Law Enacted in NYC Prohibiting Pre-Employment Drug Testing for Marijuana
As of May 10, 2020, it is an "unlawful discriminatory practice" to test an applicant for marijuana as part of pre-employment drug screening in New York City.
As we reported last year, there are numerous exceptions in place for safety-sensitive positions, among others. Employment positions and reasons exempt from this new law include:
- Police/law-enforcement officers;
- Positions requiring construction safety training or OSHA certifications under New York laws;
- Positions requiring commercial driver's licenses;
- Positions involving the supervision or care of children, medical patients, or vulnerable persons as defined under New York laws;
- Other positions with the potential to significantly impact health or safety as determined under regulations to be enacted or identified on the website of the department of citywide administrative services;
- U.S. Department of Transportation required testing;
- Testing required under federal contracts or grants;
- Testing required under federal or state statutes; and
- Testing required under collective bargaining agreements.
For assistance with updating drug testing panels or if you have any questions, please contact your sales executive, account manager, or our customer service team.
Posted: May 13, 2020
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