Topic: Labor and Employment

The Marijuana Job Market Is Lit

The cannabis-related job market continues to expand according to a PoliticoPro report (subscription required) that analyzed data from Indeed.com, an employment search engine. In May 2016, cannabis job postings accounted for 231 per million total job postings. By May 2019, that number has increased nearly four-fold to 915 postings per million.

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Shifting Landscape: Marijuana Employment Law Starting to Trend in Favor of Employees

Marijuana-related employment lawsuits are on the rise as more workers who have been fired or denied a job over their marijuana use are utilizing litigation to challenge the decisions. This, in turn, is forcing employers to formulate new strategies to balance the risk of litigation against the possibility of impaired employees hurting someone on the job, damaging the business, or possibly even worse.

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Nevada Bans Employers from Refusing to Hire Applicants that Test Positive for Marijuana

Starting January 1, 2020, employers in Nevada will be prohibited from failing or refusing to hire a prospective employee because of a positive test for marijuana. Assembly Bill No. 132 was signed into law by Governor Steve Sisolak on June 5, 2019, making Nevada the first state to enact such a prohibition (while Maine forbids employers from discriminating based on marijuana usage, it has no law specific for pre-employment drug testing).

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