Starting 2020 Nevada employers can no longer refuse to hire someone who has failed a marijuana test.

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Starting 2020 Nevada employers can no longer refuse to hire someone who has failed a marijuana test.

"It is unlawful for any employer in this State to fail or refuse to hire a prospective employee because the prospective employee submitted to a screening test and the results of the screening test indicate the presence of marijuana," 

The new law doesn’t apply to: firefighters, EMTs, employees who operate a motor vehicle, or those who, in the determination of the employer, could adversely affect others' safety.

Assembly Bill No. 132

Assemblymen Neal, McCurdy and Flores

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ANACTrelatingtoemployment;prohibitingthedenialof employment  because  of  the  presence  of  marijuana  in  a screening  test  taken  by  a  prospective  employee with  certain exceptions; authorizing an employee to rebut the results of a screening  test  under  certain  circumstances; and  providing other matters properly relating thereto.

Legislative Counsel’s Digest:

Existing  law  establishes  various  unlawful  employment  practices.  (Chapter  613 of NRS)

Section 2 of  this  bill  prohibits, with  certain  exceptions, an  employer  from denying employment to a prospective employee because the prospective employee has  submitted  to  a  drug  screening  test  and  the  test  indicates  the  presence  of marijuana.

Section 2 further  provides that  if an  employer  requires  an  employee  to submit  to  a  screening  test  within  his  or  her  first  30  days  of  employment,  the employer is  required to  accept and  give  appropriate  consideration  to  the  results of an  additional  screening  test  to  which  the  employee  submitted  at  his or  her own expense.

EXPLANATION –Matter in bolded italics is new; matter between brackets [omitted material] is material to be omitted.

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEMBLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

Section 1.(Deleted by amendment.)

Sec. 2. Chapter  613  of  NRS  is  hereby  amended  by  adding thereto a new section to read as follows:

Except as otherwise specifically provided by law:

1.It  is  unlawful  for  any  employer  in  this  State  to  fail  or refuse  to  hire  a  prospective  employee  because  the  prospective employee  submitted  to  a  screening  test  and  the  results  of  the screening test indicate the presence of marijuana.

2.Theprovisionsofsubsection1donotapplyifthe prospective employee is applying for a position:

(a)As a firefighter, as defined in NRS 450B.071;

(b)Asan emergencymedicaltechnician,asdefinedin

NRS 450B.065;

(c)That  requires an  employee  to  operate  a  motor  vehicle  and for  which  federal  or  state  law  requires  the  employee  to  submit  to screening tests; or

(d)That, in the determination of the employer, could adversely affect the safety of others.

2. 80th Session (2019)

3.Ifanemployerrequiresanemployeetosubmittoa screening test within the first 30 days of employment, the employee shall have the right to submit to an additional screening test, at his or  her  own  expense,  to  rebut  the  results  of  the  initial  screening test. The employer shall accept and give appropriate consideration to the results of such a screening test.

4.The provisions of this section do not apply:

(a)To  the  extent  that  they  are  inconsistent  or  otherwise  in conflictwiththeprovisions ofanemploymentcontractor collective bargaining agreement.

(b)To  the  extent  that  they  are  inconsistent  or  otherwise  in conflict with the provisions of federal law.

(c)To a position of employment funded by a federal grant.

5.As used in this section, “screening test” means a test of a person’s blood, urine, hair or saliva to detect the general presence of a controlled substance or any other drug.

Secs.3

and 3.5 .(Deleted by amendment.)

Sec.4. This act becomes effective on January 1, 2020

 

Nevada is the first state to approve such a law regarding drug screening tests. In 2016, voters in the state approved the legal sale of recreational marijuana to adults 21 and older.


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