Hire Image background screening specialists report that effective January 1, 2020, employers in Nevada are prohibited from refusing to hire a prospective employee because he or she submitted to a screening test and the results indicate marijuana. Nevada is the first state to pass such a law. Exceptions include if the person is applying for certain positions, including:
- a firefighter,
- an emergency medical technician,
- positions that require an employee to operate a motor vehicle and for which federal or state law requires screening tests, or
- positions that, in the determination of the employer, could adversely affect the safety of others.
The law goes further in explaining that “screening test” means any test based on a person’s blood, urine, hair, or saliva to detect a controlled substance.
According to Hire Image, Nevada employers should review their drug screening practices to ensure they are in compliance with this new law when it goes into effect. Please contact Hire Image if you need assistance with any drug screening policy review or revisions.