New Washington Law Protects Job Applicants Who Use Weed

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Under the new law, employers in Washington are barred from taking action against newly hired workers for using cannabis off the job and away from the workplace. Applicants for employment in Washington gained new protections on Monday as a new law barring discrimination based on a worker’s off-duty cannabis use went into effect throughout the state. Drug Tests Still Allowed for Current Workers The new law also does not affect workplace policies that require current workers to undergo drug tests for cannabis use while off the job. The legislation, Senate Bill 5123, was signed into law by Democratic Governor Jay Inslee in May 2023 after being passed by state lawmakers three weeks earlier. Pre-employment drug screenings for cannabis will still be allowed for workers applying for certain safety-sensitive positions.

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Applicants for employment in Washington gained new protections on Monday as a new law barring discrimination based on a worker’s off-duty cannabis use went into effect throughout the state. The legislation, Senate Bill 5123, was signed into law by Democratic Governor Jay Inslee in May 2023 after being passed by state lawmakers three weeks earlier.

Under the new law, employers in Washington are barred from taking action against newly hired workers for using cannabis off the job and away from the workplace. The prohibition also applies to new employees who have failed an...

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