Original publication: September 21, 2021
Amazon AMZN revealed last September that his previous decision to end cannabis testing will be retroactivei.e. former workers and candidates who were punished or rejected for testing positive for THC will have their employment eligibility restored.
Amazon also announced that was lobbying Congress for the legalization of cannabis at the federal level in part to promote fair hiring practices.
In a blog post, Beth Galetti, Amazon Senior Vice President of Human Resourcessaid the company had “reinstated employment eligibility for former employees and applicants who had previously been terminated or deferred during random or pre-employment marijuana screenings.”
According to Galetti’s post, Amazon recognizes that an increasing number of states are moving to some level of cannabis legalization, which makes it difficult to implement a fair, consistent, and nationwide marijuana testing program prior to the onset of cannabis. ‘use. Publicly available national data indicates that pre-employment marijuana testing disproportionately impacts people of color and acts as a barrier to employment.
“Pre-employment marijuana testing has disproportionately affected communities of color by stalling job placement and, by extension, economic growth, and we believe this unfair treatment is unacceptable” Galetti said.
In June 2021, the company came out in favor of the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Clearance Act of 2021 (MORE Act) and announced that it would stop testing for cannabis use in most positions. In September, Amazon began asking its delivery partners to stop screening applicants for marijuana use in a bid to address the company’s shortage of delivery drivers, though the company continues to have a tolerance. zero for working while impaired.
Steven HawkinsCEO of the American Cannabis Councilpointed out that when a drug testing policy that affects more than a million Americans is changed, it is a signal.
Amazon is not alone in its removal of cannabis testing. From the corporate world to professional athletics, major organizations are dramatically revamping — or completely removing — cannabis testing or penalties, Hawkins told Benzinga.
“Unprecedented labor shortages are making it difficult for employers to find workers to fill these jobs and employers who respond in time with smart, modern hiring policies have the most to gain,” Hawkins added. .