Nevada Pioneers as First State to Ban Pre-Employment Marijuana Testing

Beginning January 1, 2020, Nevada employers will be prohibited from rejecting a job applicant who tests positive for marijuana on a pre-employment drug screening test.

Governor Steve Sisolak signed Assembly Bill 132 on June 5th, making it unlawful for any Nevada employer to fail or refuse to hire a prospective employee because the prospective employee submitted to a urine, hair, oral fluids, or blood test and the results of the test returned positive for the presence of marijuana.

Included in the law: if an employer requires an employee to submit to a drug screening test within the first 30 days of employment, the employee has the right to submit to additional testing, at his or her own expense, to rebut the results of the initial drug screening test. The employer must accept and provide proper consideration to the results of the second drug screening test.

Exceptions apply for those applying for firefighter or emergency medical technician positions, or if the employee will operate a motor vehicle for which federal or state law mandates the employee to submit to drug screening tests, or for certain safety-sensitive positions.

Given the rapidly changing landscape in this area, companies are reassessing their drug testing or substance abuse testing policies. The bill in Nevada may be a pioneer, but is certainly not the last.

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