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Nevada Becomes the First State to Ban Employers from Refusing to Hire Applicants Who Fail Drug Tests for Presence of Marijuana and Recent Cannabis Related Laws in New Jersey and Illinois

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Nevada - The Governor of Nevada signed AB132, a law prohibiting Nevada employers from refusing to hire job applicants who test positive for marijuana. The law takes effect January 1, 2020. There are a few specific position exceptions outlined, such as firefighters, emergency medical technicians, employees who must operate motor vehicles as part of their duties, any position which federal or state law require screening tests, and positions which employers deem the safety of others could be affected.

Other Cannabis Related News -

New Jersey - New Jersey extends workplace protections for medical cannabis patients and providers. We are starting to see more and more news concerning the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana nationwide. Employers are having difficulty trying to appropriately respond to the laws in their policies and in the workplace. Adding to the difficulty is that cannabis use, regardless or medical or recreational, is still illegal under federal law.

Illinois - Illinois is the most recent state to legalize recreational marijuana, with the passage of the Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (Cannabis Act).

The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) and HR.com release the 2019 Background Screening Survey Results

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NAPBS and HR.com teamed up to survey human resources professionals to get their opinion on use of background screening. The survey was the third in a series and the results are interesting to say the least. The survey cites 96% of employers conduct one or more type of employment screening, and the main reason noted for conducting screening was for the safety of employers and their customers. Read the full report here.

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