New York has enacted a law prohibiting the testing of a person for marijuana when applying for a job

In new York a law which prohibits testing applicants for marijuana before hiring, entered into force on 10 may.

However, as reported by the new York Commission on human rights, the employer still may test current employees for drug use. The new law applies only to job-seekers.

In addition, the employer can discipline current employees for what they bring drugs into the workplace or come to work under the influence of marijuana.

There are some exceptions from the law that prohibits testing job applicants for marijuana. The test is valid, for example, to:

  • flight crew and dispatchers of trains;
  • on condition of receiving a government contract or grant;
  • for police officers and investigators;
  • certain workers on construction sites;
  • workers on public works;
  • workers on care of children and vulnerable persons;
  • health workers;
  • employees in leadership positions.