Effective January 1, 2022: Philadelphia employers are prohibited from requiring applicants to submit to drug screening for marijuana as a condition of employment. With the new legislation, Philadelphia joins New York City and Nevada, both of whom have similar restrictions in place, as of May 20, 2020 and January 1, 2020, respectively.
The new law exempts certain jobs from the ban on marijuana testing, such as law enforcement, employees who need a commercial driver’s license, healthcare workers, employees who have supervision or care of children or other vulnerable adults, and “any position in which the employee could significantly impact the health or safety of other employees or members of the public.” Additionally, it does not apply to any drug testing required by:
- federal or state statute or regulation,
- any contract between the federal government and an employer or any grant of financial assistance from the federal government to an employer (requiring drug testing), or
- where the prospective employer is a party to a valid collective bargaining agreement that requires drug testing
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