NYC Proposed Rules Would Allow More Pre-Employment Cannabis Testing

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

George Voegele was quoted in Cannabis Business Times discussing a proposed changed to New York City's ban on pre-employment cannabis testing. The original rule granted exceptions to positions requiring commercial driver’s licenses, as well as those where supervision of children, medical patients or other vulnerable persons occurred. Any position with the potential to significantly impact the health or safety of employees or members of the public are also exempt from the prohibition, as is any position within the federal government that requires pre-employment testing, among others. The proposed change “would at least expand the universe of workers who could still be tested,” says George. “Positions involving maintaining or fueling aircraft, involving work on heavy machinery like in a factory setting, or a construction crane operator … under these proposed regulations, you could have drug testing for them,” he says.

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