Nevada becomes first state to ban employers from refusing job applicants based on failed marijuana t



A positive test for marijuana in pre-employment drug screenings won’t be a problem for most people in Nevada, beginning next year.Nevada became the first state to approve such a drug test law last week, two years after recreational marijuana sales began in the Silver State. The law will not apply to EMTs, firefighters and those who drive vehicles, however. Employers can also reject job applicants for marijuana drug test results if usage can put others’ safety at risk. Starting Jan. 1, employees will also have the right to challenge the results of an initial drug screening test if employers require one within the first 30 days of hiring. Employers then must consider the second screening test paid for by the employee, the law states. Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak signed the bill on June 5 after state lawmakers approved it. Nevada voters approved the legal sale of recreational marijuana to those 21 and older in 2016. The New York City Council passed a similar law prohibiting employers from testing applicants for marijuana usage in April. Maine does not allow employers, schools or landlords to discriminate against people for marijuana consumption, but the state does not have a law on drug testing on the books. State laws for workplace drug testing vary, but companies typically must tell applicants or employees about their policies. Nationally, about 2.8% of urine-based workplace drug screenings tested positively for marijuana in 2018, according to Quest Diagnostics, a drug-testing service. Marijuana is also the most commonly detected illicit drug, according to the service. FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedInThe day in pictures Fullscreen Posted!A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. A Kosovo Albanian boy waves a US flag as he attends a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary since the NATO intervention ended Kosovo war with Serbia and cleared a path for independence on June 12, 2019, in Pristina.  ARMEND NIMANI, AFP/Getty ImagesFullscreenPeople play Minecraft Dungeons at E3 in Los Angeses on June 11, 2019. Harrison Hill, USA TODAYFullscreen A nomad walks on a snow covered hill after fresh snowfall in Sonamarg, Kashmir, north east of Srinagar, June 12, 2019.  Farooq Khan, EPA-EFEFullscreenA girl takes a selfie with former President Bill Clinton in the main square of Pristina on June 12, 2019, during a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary since the NATO intervention ended Kosovo war with Serbia and cleared a path for independence.  Armend Nimani, AFP/Getty ImagesFullscreenA Vietnamese man pulls weights at an open-air makeshift gym on the banks of the Red River in Hanoi on June 12, 2019.  Manan Vatsyayana, AFP/Getty ImagesFullscreenPolice officers stand surrounded by tear gas during a rally by protesters against a controversial extradition law proposal outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on June 12, 2019. Isaac Lawrence, AFP/Getty ImagesFullscreenProtesters occupy the roads near the Legislative Council and government headquarters in Hong K

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