Most New York City employers are no longer able to drug-test job applicants for marijuana use, under a law that took effect May 10.
The Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) has rounded up resources and articles targeting the new law. The new law bans employers from requiring pre-employment testing for marijuana, with the exceptions of applicants for police, childcare, commercial driving, and other specific job types. The measure doesn’t stop employers from testing current workers, or from firing them if they test positive.
The House of Representatives passed the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act, or the HEROES Act, by a vote of 208-199. The sweeping $3 trillion legislation was dismissed by Senate Republicans with Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, deriding it as a “big laundry list of pet priorities.” The “grab bag” bill included many provisions seemingly disconnected from stabilizing the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic, such as ones related to cannabis banking. For a messaging bill meant to outline Democratic priorities, the HEROES Act is as notable for what it omits as for what it includes.
Among the storm clouds known as COVID-19, there are a few silver linings. One is that being forced to work from home all of a sudden is shaking up our calcified ideas about remote work. Although the current situation isn’t necessarily a fair yardstick to judge remote work, given that the whole transition was rather slapdash, people who thought it could never work for their teams are starting to reconsider. In fact, 74 percent of companies surveyed by Gartner this month say they’ll be keeping at least some roles remote permanently.
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